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Present perfect continous VS. simple

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Present perfect continous VS. simple

Postby SARDORBEK » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:06 am

Hello,DEAR ALAN!

a) Komil is exhausted. He has been running.
b) Your eyes are red. Have you been crying?

Instead of continuous can I use simple preserving correct grammar and meaning?
e.g.

Komil is exhausted. He has run.
Your eyes are red. Have you cried?

If I can use the simple,does the meaning change then?

Many thanks...
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Re: Present perfect continous VS. simple

Postby Alan » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:44 am

No, we would not use simple forms in these cases.

You should find information on the use of the present perfect continuous in the EFL Learning Centre.
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