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    Red face I have been busy....

    Hi everyone, if someone asks me "are you tired?", can I reply "yes, I am tired. I've been busy meeting", or should I say "yes,I am tired. I was busy meeting"?

    I've seen people use them interchangeably. Can both the tenses('have been' and 'was') be used interchangeably in the above context?

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    Re: I have been busy....

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    Hi everyone. If someone asks me "Are you tired?", can I reply "Yes, I am tired. I've been busy meeting", or should I say "Yes, I am tired. I was busy meeting"?

    I've seen people use both. them interchangeably. Can both the tenses ('have been' and 'was') be used interchangeably in the above context?
    "Meet" can be both transitive and intransitive but in your context it needs to be use transitively. "I was/have been busy meeting friends", for example. I'd use the present perfect in that context but the simple past is OK.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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