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    present perfect progressive once more

    Hello,

    I have one more question concerning the present perfect progressive.

    When I say:
    Sorry I am late. Have you been waiting long?

    Why not "have you waited"? Because I am already there, so he or she is not waiting any longer.

    Thank you so much.

    Hanka

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    Re: present perfect progressive once more

    No native English speaker would hear any difference in meaning between the two utterances.


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    Re: present perfect progressive once more

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hello,
    I have one more question concerning the present perfect progressive.
    When I say:
    Sorry I am late. Have you been waiting long?
    Why not "have you waited"? Because I am already there, so he or she is not waiting any longer.

    Here, this past action has current relevance, importance. It would seem quite uncaring/rude to use "Did you wait for me long/Were you waiting long?"

    Also, I'd say that the progressive form would be the more natural choice. Why? Not completely sure, but maybe it's because it adds a degree of nowness to the action


    Thank you so much.
    Hanka
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