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    Present Continuous or Present Perfect Continuous ? short sentence

    Hello,

    could you help me with the following sentences? :)

    1) The last stage of the unfreezing of the economy was performed in the middle of July. Despite the relaxation of most restrictions then, we have been still observing the lower number of XXX.

    2) The last stage of the unfreezing of the economy was performed in the middle of July. Despite the relaxation of most restrictions then, we are still observing the lower number of XXX

    which version is correct?

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    Re: Present Continuous or Present Perfect Continuous ? short sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ana_jo View Post
    Hello,

    Could you help me with the following sentences? :)

    1) The last stage of the unfreezing of the economy was performed in the middle of July. Despite the relaxation of most restrictions then, we have still been observing a lower number of XXX.

    Lower than what? do you mean low number?


    2) The last stage of the unfreezing of the economy was performed in the middle of July. Despite the relaxation of most restrictions then, we are still observing a lower number of XXX

    Again, lower than what?


    Which version is correct?

    Both verb forms are grammatical and, in this context, mean the same thing. I like #2.


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    Always start sentences with capital letters.
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    Re: Present Continuous or Present Perfect Continuous ? short sentence

    Lower than what? do you mean low number?

    Sorry, I didn't copy the whole sentence.
    It should be: "a lower number compared to the previous year"

    I have one question.. Why did you change "the lower number" to "a lower number" ?

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    Re: Present Continuous or Present Perfect Continuous ? short sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ana_jo View Post
    . . . I have one question. Why did you change "the lower number" to "a lower number"[no space]?

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    We don't know what the number is. So it's a number. If the number had been stated, it would be the number.
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    Re: Present Continuous or Present Perfect Continuous ? short sentence

    Is the number static? If not, it should be lower numbers.

    I would add since between restriction and then.
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