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Thread: hi

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    i have a question about grammer
    i want to write a sentence about past, something has been done in the past for a long time ,and it has completed in the past how can i express it? to show the continous progress!


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    Re: hi

    If you mean something started in the past and has continued up until now, that's called the Present Perfect Continuous.

    - She has been working at that company for three years
    - They have been waiting for an hour

    If you mean something started in the past and continued up until another time in the past, that's called the Past Perfect Continuous

    - They had been talking for over an hour before she arrived
    - How long had you been waiting to get on the bus?


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