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    have studied English for VS have been studying English for

    Hi everyone, I have a quick question.

    I have always thought that the perfect progressive is used to describe an action that has continued from the past to the present, without having any breaks in between.

    e.g. I have been watching TV for 30 minutes.

    But why is it that we can say:

    I have been studying English for 3 years.
    I have been working at this company for 5 years.

    Even though these clearly are actions that have continued WITH breaks in between????

    I thought it was the perfect aspect's job to indicate a situation that started from the past and still continues up to now?

    i.e.

    I have studied English for 3 years.
    I have worked at this company for 5 years.

    Also another:

    I've worn the same shoes to school for 3 years. (perfect)
    I've been wearing the same shoes to school for 3 years. (progressive perfect)

    What are the differences? Please help!

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    Re: have studied English for VS have been studying English for

    In 1st sentence,he describes about the past(worn for 3 years)
    In 2nd sentence,he describes about the present(wearing from 3 years n still want to continue them).

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