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    wait/waiting

    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".

    Where have you been?
    1:I've waited for ages. / 2:I've been waiting for ages.

    If there is no difference, which is more used?


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    Re: wait/waiting

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".

    Where have you been?
    1:I've waited for ages. / 2:I've been waiting for ages.

    If there is no difference, which is more used?
    "I've waited" sounds a little odd because the present perfect simple seems to be used more for a longer period of time, eg.

    "I've waited for ages for the book to arrive."

    I would say that the PP continuous is the more common one for this situation. It shows a continuing sense of waiting and it sounds a little more insistent.

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