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    transformation of sentences

    1 I started playing the piano five years ago.
    1(a) I have been playing the piano for five years.

    2. I started to play the piano five years ago.
    2 (b) I have played the piano for five years.

    Are the sentences correctly transformed?

    What is the difference in meaning between sentences 1(a) and 2(b)?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: transformation of sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1 I started playing the piano five years ago.
    1(a) I have been playing the piano for five years.

    2. I started to play the piano five years ago.
    2 (b) I have played the piano for five years.

    Are the sentences correctly transformed?

    What is the difference in meaning between sentences 1(a) and 2(b)?

    Thanks in advance.
    Frankly speaking, I can't see any dependence between a gerund and present perfect continuous, on the one hand, and an infinitive and present perfect on the other..

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    Re: transformation of sentences

    Personally I would use the continuous form for both sentences.

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