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I've a question regarding the Present Perfect Continuous/Present Continuous.
As far I know the Present Continuous may be used to describe longer actions in progress now. "Now" doesn't have to mean this exact second, it can mean for example "this month". Am I right?
A sample situation:
I'm having lunch with my friend and I say:
"I'm reading an interesting book".
1. Is there a major difference between this sentence and "I've been reading an interesting book"
2. Can I add "this month" time expression to these sentences ?
insano1. Is there a major difference between this sentence and "I've been reading an interesting book"1. No. Nothing major.
2. Yes. "this month" includes the time of utterance, so that's fine.
insanoI assume that there exist some minor differences - could you tell me something more about them?It's only a slight difference in the focus. The present focuses on a range of time around the present. The present perfect focuses on a range of time before the present.
Where X is the present moment:
....................[ X ].............. [I'm reading]
.....[ ]X.......................... [I've been reading]
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