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    My confused

    Are there differences between two following sentences?
    1. I have worked at Noibai Airport Authority for 10 years.
    2. I have been working at Noibai Airport Authority for 10 years.

    Which is the better choice? ( I still work there now)

    Thank.

  1. sheena55ro
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    Re: My confused

    Quote Originally Posted by maithu
    Are there differences between two following sentences?
    1. I have worked at Noibai Airport Authority for 10 years.
    2. I have been working at Noibai Airport Authority for 10 years.
    Which is the better choice? ( I still work there now)
    Thank.
    1 The first sentence refers to a recently completed action

    the correct answer is :I have been working at..... since 1990/ for the last 10 years.[ action which began in the past and is still continuing]


    Regards,

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    Re: My confused

    Quote Originally Posted by sheena55ro
    1 The first sentence refers to a recently completed action
    the correct answer is :I have been working at..... since 1990/ for the last 10 years.[ action which began in the past and is still continuing]
    Regards,
    Um, sorry Sheena but I do not agree. In many cases present perfect and present perfect continuous can mean exactly the same thing, and this is one of the cases. Expand the sentences:-

    I have worked here since 1990, and I plan to work here until I retire.
    I have been working here since 1990, and I plan to work here until I retire.

    In both cases the action is continuing. The first sentence is a common and grammatically correct use of the present perfect. Where the two tenses are not the same can be seen from these examples:-

    Tom has written 3 books.
    Tom has been writing 3 books.

    The first sentence (present perfect) means that Tom has written 3 books up to now. He has finished writing them and therefore the action on the 3 books is complete - but he may write more books so his writing is continuing. The second (present perfect continuous) means that he has been writing the 3 books all at the same time and has not finished writing them - so the action on the 3 books is continuing.

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    Re: My confused

    Thank you very much for clarifying that.

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    #5

    Re: My confused

    In addition to what Davy said, I would use the progressive form if I didn't intend to stay there or for something temporary.


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    Re: My confused

    Thank you so much for your helps.

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