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    tenses

    Please, explain to me the difference between : I learn English and I am learn English. Also when someone who is waiting calls saying: I have been waiting for you and I am waiting for you, what's the difference?
    Second question: His actions produced little by way of results. Is it the same as His action produced little in terms of results?

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    Re: tenses

    1a. I learn English every day. <routine, habit, fact>
    1b. I am learning English right now. <at this present time>

    2a. I have been waiting for you for a long time. <continuous period of time>
    2b. I am waiting for you right now. <at this present moment>

    3a. by way of results
    Meaning, by looking at the results, we see that his actions produced little effect.

    3b. in terms of results
    Meaning, his actions didn't produce significant results.

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    Re: tenses

    So, when I say I learn English it has no time reference and when I say I have been learning English I point out that it has been going on for a long time?

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