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    What is the correct answer and why?

    I have these three examples:

    1) Jane is resting because she (has had / has been having) a bad headache all day.
    2) Your clothes are all dirty. What (did you do/have you been doing)?
    3) My back hurts so I (have slept / have been sleeping) on a hard bed.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: What is the correct answer and why?

    Can you try first?

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    Re: What is the correct answer and why?

    That is not a good thread title. Furthermore, you should know that "why" questions are always the hardest.

    You can use the "Thank" button to thank somebody.

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    Re: What is the correct answer and why?

    Cherry, we don't do your homework.

    I can tell you that for #3, neither alternative works.

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    Re: What is the correct answer and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Cherry, we don't do your homework.

    I can tell you that for #3, neither alternative works.
    I'm not doing my homework! I'm trying to remember english grammar and i wanted a second opinion.
    I found the examples in an english grammar book. So, it says that the correct answer is "have been sleeping" but i still can't understand why?


    P.S. I wish I was that diligent as a student...but no! I would never ask my homework online
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    Re: What is the correct answer and why?

    Thanks for the info, i didn't know this button. Any suggestion for a better thread title?
    Do you imply that I shouldn't ask "why" questions because they are hard?
    Last edited by cherry maltezidou; 05-Oct-2017 at 16:56.

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    Re: What is the correct answer and why?

    Of course...

    1) Jane is resting because she has had a bad headache all day. ("Have" is a stative verb so we can't use the other option)
    2) Your clothes are all dirty. What have you been doing? (an action that still influences the present because the clothes are dirty)
    3) My back hurts so I have been sleeping on a hard bed. (It makes no sense to me the whole sentence...so I have no idea why this is like that!)

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    Re: What is the correct answer and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by cherry maltezidou View Post
    Any suggestion for a better thread title?
    'Jane is resting because ...'

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    Re: What is the correct answer and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I can tell you that for #3, neither alternative works.
    Cherry, as you've seen below, other forum members don't agree with this. I don't either; the continuous works fine for me. Sometimes we use the present perfect continuous to describe an activity we have engaged in regularly in recent times. For example, I've been eating muesli for breakfast lately. You can often omit the adverb at the end and the listener will understand the sentence the same way.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What is the correct answer and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by cherry maltezidou View Post
    Thanks for the info, i didn't know ABOUT THAT button. Any suggestionS for a better thread title?
    Do you MEAN that I shouldn't ask "why" questions because they are hard?
    Often there is no answer as to why something is said a certain way. It just is. In other cases I know something implicitly, but explaining it it might be hard. (It also might require more typing than I want to do.) At those times I gladly leave the explanations to the professional teachers.

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