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    Questions with "Have been".

    What have you been up to this last week?

    What were you up to this last week?

    These both sentences mean almost the same. Could you please tell me whether we have to answer with (I guess "Answer with have been" is correct usage here) "Have been" if someone asks any question with "Have been"?

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    Re: Questions with "Have been".

    I would use either 'this' or 'last' but not 'this last'.

    What have you been up to this week?
    What were you up to last week?
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    Re: Questions with "Have been".

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    What have you been up to this last week?

    What were you up to this last week?

    These both sentences mean almost the same. Could you please tell me whether we have to answer with (I guess "Answer with have been" is correct usage here) "Have been" if someone asks any question with "Have been"?
    Have been, the present perfect, emphasizes ongoing activities: What have you been up to this week (which you're still doing)? The natural response would use the present perfect continuous: I've mostly been practicing the piano.

    The simple past suggests you stopped the activity: What were you up to last week (before you had to stop)? A response would probably use the past continuous: I was worrying so much I couldn't get anything done.
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    Re: Questions with "Have been".

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Have been, the present perfect, emphasizes ongoing activities: What have you been up to this week (which you're still doing)? The natural response would use the present perfect continuous: I've mostly been practicing the piano.

    The simple past suggests you stopped the activity: What were you up to last week (before you had to stop)? A response would probably use the past continuous: I was worrying so much I couldn't get anything done.
    Can we also say "What have you been up to last week?"

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    Re: Questions with "Have been".

    The present perfect does not match 'last week', a past-time marker.
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    Re: Questions with "Have been".

    However, "What have you been up to for the last week?" is fine, because adding "for" means "for the last seven days, up to and including today".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Questions with "Have been".

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    However, "What have you been up to for the last week?" is fine, because adding "for" means "for the last seven days, up to and including today".
    Okay, got it "what have you been up to for the last week?" If somebody asks me this question and I want to tell about an activity that lasted for few days only so what I have to say? Like I celebrated a festival so can I use past tense like "I celebrated XYZ festival".

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    Re: Questions with "Have been".

    (In the last week) I have celebrated the XYZ festival.
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    Re: Questions with "Have been".

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    (In the last week) I have celebrated the XYZ festival.
    Okay, so its wrong to use past tense to answer questions with "Have been".

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    Re: Questions with "Have been".

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Okay, got it "what have you been up to for the last week?" If somebody asks me this question and I want to tell about an activity that lasted for few days only so what I have to say? Like I celebrated a festival so can I use past tense like "I celebrated XYZ festival".
    No, it has nothing to do with the length of the activity/activities. The person is simply asking you what you've been doing recently. For example, this would be my answer if someone asked me what I had been up to for the last week.

    "Last Monday, I met up with a friend for lunch. On Tuesday, I went to visit my dad, took him out for lunch and gave him a big bag of presents for his 80th birthday, which was on Thursday but I couldn't see him that day. I was at work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Friday evening, I went out for drinks and a Greek meal with a big group of friends. On Saturday, I went into town and had a wander round the shops but I didn't buy anything. My stepmum and I had organised a big surprise birthday lunch on Sunday for my dad's 80th. That went really well! He was very surprised!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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