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ESL-lover

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How can I distinguish between present perfect and present perfect continuous in meaning?

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ESL-lover said:
Hello my teachers.......


How can I distinguish between present perfect and present perfect continuous in meaning?

Thank you...................

For action verbs, the present perfect simple describes a finished action and the present perfect continuous (also called the present perfect progressive) describes an action that is unfinished:
I've read the book. (finished)
I've been reading the book. (unfinished- it could mean that I am actually reading at the moment, but not necessarily)

For stative verbs, they are both unfinished, but the continuous form generally describes something temporary:

He's lived there all his life. (unfinished)
I've been living here for six months. (unfinished, but it doesn't feel permanent yet or may I may be planning to move on)

HTH. ;-)
 
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