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    GeneD is offline Senior Member
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    He's been running / He is running

    I don't know if he's even noticed us. He's been running from table to table taking orders and serving food (full text of the exercise here: https://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs7.htm)

    I think I understand why the present perfect continuous is used in the second sentence. It obviously emphasises the amount of time spent by the couple waiting for their food. But is the present continuous possible here?
    If it's not too much trouble to you, could you please correct any errors I might have made in this post?

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    Re: He's been running / He is running

    The present continuous is not impossible but it would refer only to his current action. It's necessary to make it clear that the waiter "has been running" around, very busy, ever since the couple arrived so the present perfect continuous is appropriate.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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