He's been running / He is running

GeneD

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I don't know if he's even noticed us. He's been running from table to table taking orders and serving food (full text of the exercise here: https://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs7.htm)

I think I understand why the present perfect continuous is used in the second sentence. It obviously emphasises the amount of time spent by the couple waiting for their food. But is the present continuous possible here?
 

emsr2d2

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The present continuous is not impossible but it would refer only to his current action. It's necessary to make it clear that the waiter "has been running" around, very busy, ever since the couple arrived so the present perfect continuous is appropriate.
 
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