any difference?

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sykim99

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*How long have you been wating for me?

*How long have you waited for me?

Do they have any difference in the meaning?
 

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The first one is far more natural.
 

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*How long have you been waiting for me?

*How long have you waited for me?

Do they have any difference in meaning? no "the"

When one is talking about the present, there is no difference in meaning.

The second one can also be used when speaking about the past.
 
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'Have been waiting' refers to a continuous action until the present time.
'Have waited' refers to a past action which may or may not have continued to the present time.
 
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