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    has/has been Part2

    Hello, could someone explain the differences between these two sentences, thank?

    1. Debbie is a very good tennis player. she has been playing since she was eight.

    2. Debbie is a very good tennis player. she has played since she was eight.


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    Re: has/has been Part2

    Quote Originally Posted by kahhong View Post
    Hello, could someone explain the differences between these two sentences, thank?

    1. Debbie is a very good tennis player. she has been playing since she was eight.

    2. Debbie is a very good tennis player. she has played since she was eight.


    Thank You
    Both the Present Perfect and the Present Perfect Continuous are used to express actions that began at an indefinite time in the past and continued up to the present. However, their differences are that:
    (i) the use of the Present Perfect places its emphasis on the action which is completed or finished; whereas
    (ii) the use of the Present Perfect Continuous lays its emphasis on the action which is still in progress.
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    Last edited by albertino; 02-Sep-2007 at 17:11.

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    Re: has/has been Part2

    Why do you want to know? If you have to take a test in English and perfect tense is one of the subjects you'll be tested on, look here: https://www.usingenglish.com/glossary.html for very good explanations of all of the English tenses. If you are just curious about how English is used, you should know that very few native English speakers could explain the difference between the pairs of sentences in your example.

    "...has been playing..." puts slightly more emphasis on the playing, and "...has played..." has slightly more emphasis on the time frame, but the difference is unremarkable. Most (if not all) native English speakers would use these interchangeably.

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