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    the present perfect

    hello
    what is the difference between the present perfect simple and the present perfect progressive.
    thanks in advance.


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    Re: the present perfect

    Often, the present perfect refers to a completed event.

    I have painted the wall. I have now finished.

    The present perfect continuous, however, refers to a process (whether it is completed or not is unspecified).

    I have been painting the wall. I have now finished/I have not finished yet.

    However the difference in meaning is not always clear.

    I have lived/have been living in london for 2 years.

    In a sentence such as the one above, either tense is fine; the difference in meaning is very subtle.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: the present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    Often, the present perfect refers to a completed event.

    I have painted the wall. I have now finished.

    The present perfect continuous, however, refers to a process (whether it is completed or not is unspecified).

    I have been painting the wall. I have now finished/I have not finished yet.

    However the difference in meaning is not always clear.

    I have lived/have been living in london for 2 years.

    In a sentence such as the one above, either tense is fine; the difference in meaning is very subtle.

    I am not a teacher.
    thank you very much colloquium for your reply.

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