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    Present perfect sim & con

    My teacher said, If we use present perfect simple for example I've studied English for 5 years, it means I've studied English for 5 years but not all the time, like I stopped studying since year 2 and then continued in year 4. For present perfect continuous I've been studying English for 5 years, means I've been studying without stopping for 5 years.


    Is my teacher right? I've not seen this rule on the net before.

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    Re: Present perfect sim & con

    You may have misheard your teacher. The thing about the present simple (in that instance) is that it allows the interpretation that the learning wasn't continuous - or, to put it another way, it doesn't specify that the learning was continuous.

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    Re: Present perfect sim & con

    thanks for reply

    but it's not what I mean, I mean (present perfect) is used to tell that the action started from some time and it may stop and continue but now it is progressing.
    Present perfect continuous is used to tell that the action is continuing without stopping.

    Are these two ideas correct?

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    Re: Present perfect sim & con

    Read my post again. I think I did understand and answer the question

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    Re: Present perfect sim & con

    so present perfect is used to show that the action is not continuous(maybe I can stop any time and then start again) but for present perfect continuous is used to show it has continued from the past without stopping?

    correct?

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    Re: Present perfect sim & con

    Quote Originally Posted by Supachoke View Post
    so present perfect is used to show that the action is not continuous(maybe I can stop any time and then start again) but for present perfect continuous is used to show it has continued from the past without stopping?

    correct?
    In https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...tml#post405143 I said "in that instance". Context is important. If I say 'I have been studying Linguistics for 35 years' it may suggest to someone who doesn't know me that I have been a student all that time; but if I say 'I have been studying Linguistics, off and on, over the last 35 years' I'm clearly saying that my study wasn't continuous. But I still use the present perfect continuous.

    So you can't learn a simple rule, *"continuous (unbroken) action -> pres. perf. cont.; sporadic action -> pres. perf. simple", because it's just not true. You have to consider the context (in particular, the verb).

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