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.
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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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