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If you are writing a long report, which one sounds more natural: "Oh, this report is so long, it's taking me forever" or "Oh, this report is so long, it has been taking me forever"?

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Indeed they are both correct. The second, however, with its backwards looking present perfect, suggests the implication that from this point forward, it might not be such a big deal.

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Both are correct and natural. Compare:

It's two years since I last saw Jack.

It's been two years since I last saw Jack.

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If it's been two years, I suggest you purchase a mirror. – user11550 Feb 12 '12 at 16:02
Evidently, the subject of the sentence (I) is not the same as the object (Jack). – Jack Robbin Feb 12 '12 at 19:15

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