"Have been waiting" vs "was waiting"

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Hi there, suppose my friend promises me that he will meet me at 1 p.m but he comes to me a few hours later. Can I say "Where were you? I was/have been ​waiting for a long time?" "Was" or "have been": which one should I use?
 

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You'd say have been if you were still waiting. You'd say was​ if you gave up waiting and left the meeting place.
 
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You'd say have been is you were still waiting. You'd say was​ if you gave up waiting and left the meeting place.

As you have suggested, I think I should use "have been" because I was still at the meeting place when I talked to my friend.
 

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Is there no conflict of tenses if I say "hey John, where were you? I have been waiting for a long time."
 

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You might hear that in conversation (but with a capital H at the beginning, of course), but I think where have you been would be more natural.
 

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And were would be stressed: Where were you?
 
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