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How do the tens­es and as­pects in English cor­re­spond tem­po­ral­ly to one an­oth­er?

Non-na­tive speak­ers of­ten get con­fused about what the var­i­ous tens­es and as­pects mean in English. With in­put from some of the folk here I've put to­geth­er a di­a­gram that I hope will pro­...
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What tense should I use for describing an ongoing action which has started a long time ago? [closed]

Suppose I started working on a project several years ago and right now I'm still working on the same project. If I want to express this to someone else what tense should I use? The statement should ...
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Present perfect and present perfect continuous for actions in progress [duplicate]

My grammar book says that both present perfect and present perfect continuous, when used with "for, since, etc", express a situation that began in the past and continues to the present. When used ...
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Meaning of a sentence using the perfect continuous tense

a. They have been throwing papers. b. They have been throwing papers since the teacher left. Does the sentence (a) have the same meaning as sentence (b), even though the period of time is not ...
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Present Perfect Continuous vs. Present Simple

Do I clearly understand difference between this two sentences? "How long do you dance?" - As I understand I can use this sentence to ask a person about his expirience in dancing. "How long have you ...
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Present Perfect vs. Present Perfect Continuous

how are you? Well, my biggest doubt at the moment is the difference between these two tenses. Actually, the more I study the more I have doubts with these tenses. Present Perfect vs Present ...
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They have lived in Paris for 5 years NOW (?) [duplicate]

The sentence you see in the title is from my English lesson. Thought I was OK with the Present Perfect, but I'm not so confident now. The explanation says that I can translate this sentence as "they ...
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Does “I have been waiting for you” mean that “I am still waiting”?

Assume that I was waiting for someone for several hours and finally, he/she arrived to the meeting late. I wonder whether I say "I have been waiting for you", it means that I am still "waiting" or not....
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Present Perfect vs. Present Perfect Progressive [duplicate]

I am taking a Mooc on grammar and punctuation on Coursera, and have been asked a question during a lecture: Do these two sentences have similar meaning or different meaning? Julie has studied ...
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Present Perfect Simple vs Present Perfect Continuous [duplicate]

I came across some present perfect language exercises that I question. Choose Present Perfect Simple or Continuous: The place looks like a bombsite! What _____________ (do) all day? Well, I've ...
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Differences in meaning between present perfect and present perfect continuous [duplicate]

Please help me to identify the difference between these two sentences This building has always attracted many tourists. This building has been attracting many tourists.
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Difference between Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous [duplicate]

I know this question has been asked a lot, but I still don't fully understand the difference between Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous (if there is one). Sometimes the two tenses are ...
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“I have studied” vs. “I have been studying” [duplicate]

Do you agree with the explanations to this question and statements? Judy: How long have you been in Canada? Claude: I have been studying here for more than three years. OR I have studied ...
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Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous [closed]

In British English, which of the two sentences is more acceptable? And please tell me the difference if there is any. Many thanks! I have played football for two years now I have been playing ...
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He has been watching TV [duplicate]

1.He has been watching TV. What does this sentence mean? Does it mean that the person started watching TV sometime before and still watching it or the person started watching TV sometime before and ...

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