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    #1

    hi

    hi
    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 either.now how can i express it? to show the continous progress!

    thanks

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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.

    Examples
    - 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

    Examples
    - 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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