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    I haven't swum/been swimming for ages.

    Why the present perfect continuous is the right choise in the first case? What makes these examples different?

    1)A: Do you ever go swimming?
    B: Not these days. I haven't swum been swimming for a long time.

    2)A: Do you often eat in restaurants?
    B: No, I haven't eaten in a restaurant for ages.

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    Re: I haven't swum/been swimming for ages.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdoc View Post
    Why is the present perfect continuous the right choice in the first case?


    1)A: Do you ever go swimming?
    B: Not these days. I haven't been swimming for a long time.
    That form is identical in appearance to the present perfect continuous of 'swim', but it is not the same thing. It is' I haven't been' (present perfect of BE) followed by 'swimming'.Compare these examples:


    I don't go to the theatre every week.
    I haven't been to the theatre for a long time.

    I don't go swimming/dancing every week.
    I haven't been swimming/dancing for weeks.


    Last edited by Piscean; 18-Feb-2017 at 00:04. Reason: typo

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