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Hi teachers,

A: What have you been doing in the last few weeks?

B: I have been watching a drama series, which I started in the beginning of this year. After coming home from work every night, I would catch up on the show on DVR which had recorded the show at eight in the evening.

Would you correct the sentences and the tense usage? The show is still ongoing so I don't know the tenses used to answer "in the last few weeks".

Thank you

TN

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tinanam0102 I have been watching a drama series, which I started doing in at the beginning of this year. After coming home from work every night, I would catch up on the show episode on DVR which had been recorded on DVR the show at eight in the previous evening.

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I have been watching a drama series, which I started doing at the beginning of this year. After coming home from work every night, I catch up on the episode which had been recorded on DVR at eight the previous evening.

CJ

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Hi CalifJim,

Thanks for your help.

Please also correct my question statements below.

1. I had trouble phrasing my answer because of my dialect - "every night", although the drama is played during weekdays at 8pm. And you come home from home at 10 pm.

1a Is previous evening or that evening?

1b Can I say, I've been watching a drama series since June? ( I changed the time because no drama series will run for half a year. I'm sorry I just needed to know how to use at/in with beginning.)

2. My answer connects with present, however, when asked "in the last few days / weeks / months", can I use past tense to answer it if it's an activity that no longer has any connection to the present?

I went on a hiking trip. When I was hiking I had a little accident. I read a comic book Dad had brought me after the accident. Then the other day I got a call about a new release of a comic book that was going to be out a few days later

3. When asked about "What have you been up to?", is it the same as "What have you been doing in the last few days / weeks / months?

Thank you

TN

tinanam01021a Is previous evening or that evening?

It's 'that evening' if you record at 8 and watch that same night. I thought you were watching the recorded episodes on the following evening because I thought maybe you came home around 5. In that case you're watching the episode you recorded on the previous night.

tinanam01021b Can I say, I've been watching a drama series since June?

Yes. You can say you've been watching a TV series since [whenever you started]. since the middle of March, since May 23, since Christmas Day, since the third week of February, since I got home from Brazil, since I came back from my vacation, since I bought this new TV, ...

tinanam0102

2. My answer connects with present, however, when asked "in the last few days / weeks / months", can I use past tense to answer it if it's an activity that no longer has any connection to the present?

I went on a hiking trip. When I was hiking I had a little accident. I read a comic book Dad had brought me after the accident. Then the other day I got a call about a new release of a comic book that was going to be out a few days later.

I take it the question here is about the text below it, which is supposed to be the answer to some other question, but the connection isn't clear what question you are answering. In any case, the text looks fine to me.

tinanam01023. When asked about "What have you been up to?", is it the same as "What have you been doing in the last few days / weeks / months?

Yes. It would usually have 'lately' at the end. What have you been up to lately?

CJ

Hi CalifJim,

Thanks again.

I mean when asked "What have you been doing in the last few weeks?", do you have to use present perfect continuous to answer it? What tenses should one use to that question?

Ans: Nothing much. I went on a hiking trip, finished reading a book and learned how to cook rice.

Ans: Nothing much. I've gone on a hiking trip, finished reading a book and learned how to cook rice.

Thanks

TN

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tinanam0102I mean when asked "What have you been doing in the last few weeks?", do you have to use present perfect continuous to answer it?

No. You just say what you've been doing with any tenses that make sense in any combination that makes sense. That might be a mix of past, present perfect, past perfect, and various modal verbs, and they can be in their simple or continuous forms.

tinanam0102

Ans: Nothing much. I went on a hiking trip, finished reading a book and learned how to cook rice.

Ans: Nothing much. I've gone on a hiking trip, finished reading a book and learned how to cook rice.

Either of those would work just fine.

CJ

Hi CalifJim,

Thanks.

I'm sorry I just had to go back to my drama series activity in response to the question, "What have you been doing in the last few weeks?". A drama series here would normally run for about two months and play on weekdays.

I've been watching a drama series since June. After coming home from work every night, I catch up the episode that had been recorded on the DVR that evening

1. I see you're using present tense "I catch up the episode that had been recorded......", is it because I mentioned earlier that the show is still ongoing? I just wanted to make sure it's "had been recorded" you wrote.

2. Is this alright, "I caught up the episode that had been recorded" even the show is still going on?

Thank you so much

TN



tinanam0102

I've been watching a drama series since June. After coming home from work every night, I catch up the episode that had been recorded on the DVR that evening

1. I see you're using present tense "I catch up the episode that had been recorded......", is it because I mentioned earlier that the show is still ongoing? I just wanted to make sure it's "had been recorded" you wrote.

Basically I just copied "had been recorded" from what you wrote. Emotion: smile

It has nothing to do with the fact that the show is still ongoing. You can substitute the simple past for the past perfect if you like it better. Is that what you're asking?

I catch up on the episode that I recorded earlier.

tinanam01022. Is this alright, all right "I caught up on the episode that had been recorded" even if the show is still going on?

Did I leave out "on"? It should have "on".

Anyway, no, "I caught up on the episode that had been recorded" doesn't work. You want to talk about what you do every day (not did).

CJ

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Hi CalifJim,

Thank you so much for your help.

TN