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Let`s say I have redecorated my living room, it is finished and it looks nice. Someone comments on it, says it looks great. Is it possible for me to say: "yes, I have been redecorating", even though it is finished and the focus is on the room? Or do I have to say: "I have redecorated it"?

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olive file 673Let`s say I have redecorated my living room, it is finished and it looks nice. Someone comments on it, says it looks great. Is it possible for me to say: "Yes, I have been redecorating", even though it is finished and the focus is on the room?

Yes, though "I have" would usually be contracted to "I've" in speech.

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So I can use the continuous even if the redecorating has been completed?

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So I can use the continuous even if the redecorating has been completed?

Yes, provided it was completed recently.

How recent is recent? Hours or days? or perhaps a few weeks?

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How recent is recent? Hours or days? or perhaps a few weeks?

There is no exact answer. Up to a few weeks maybe.