-What were you doing at two o'clock?
-I've been reading.
Guys, why did he use Present Perfect Continuous when he was answearing that question? Why didn't he use Past Continuous? The activity has finished in the past and don't have any relation with present. I really get embarassed every time I see such a strange usage of some tense. It looks like natives use tenses in according to their mood, not to the rules in the books... Gee... How we're supposed to learn English if information is different from one source to another.
May I ask you? Why have you said, "How much money do you have?" Is it present perfect tense? In my view, in present perfect tense, you should say "How much money have you had?".
Sorry for my blind mind, please help me)
Hi ! How are you doing? You said " I have been emmmmm for simple and you said I have v-ing for continuous" both examples can make learners to have misunderstanding it better to say " I have been here since ..... And I have been revising since .........Okay?
+KasSo89 : One of the uses of " Present Perfect simple is to express completed action in non specific time like what Abdrahman said " I have watched 10 videos. But if you want to say it in past simple you have to say " I watched 10 videos yesterday / last week/ last month. Okay?
James you're a perfect example of why a being a native speaker is not a sufficient condition to be a good English teacher.
Present perfect simple = The emphasis is on a time span we can resume with... (____your life up to now). EX I've never lived in Italy, I've always enjoyed cinema, Have you ever tried bunjee jumping?
ALSO, we can use this tense with FOR and SINCE to talk about situations that began in the past and continue in the present.
EX. I've lived here for ten years, I haven't seen her since last summer... etc.
Buy a damn grammar book, son. Murphy should do.
I love it when people weigh in as a grammar expert and then completely screw it up. Yes, sound advice: Buy a grammar book. Try the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language instead of that idiotic Murphy!
I agree that the emphasis with the present perfect simple is on the result rather than the action but is far more than a reference to quantity or numbers. For example, 'You've had your hair cut!' emphasises the result (a new look!) or I've lost my keys! (I can't get into my house) but these have nothing to do with numbers!
It's important not to let a rule of thumb become an overgeneralisaiton or students will apply it indescriminately and this will confuse them more than anything else.
Other examples of present perfect sentences that emphasise result but have nothing to do with numbers: 'I've let the dog out. ' 'I've had enough!'
Anyway, I like your videos and think they are clear and captivating
You're forgetting that North Americans are more likely to use the simple past in those examples: "you cut your hair," "I lost my keys," "I let the dog out."
I agree that "overgeneralisaiton [sic]" is something to avoid; however, assuming that one variant of English (i.e. Standard British English) is the standard over others is just that.
@7:38 You have said "I have been doing something for longtime" (present perfect simple) and "I have been doing something for short time" (present perfect continuous) my question is how to differentiate b/w present perfect continuous and simple when both have the word "have been" ???
Yes. But you can't say "since 20 years". You need to say "Since 20 years ago", or "For 20 years"... the word "since" is always referring to a specific date. for example, "Since tuesday" or "Since 1994" or "Since 10 minutes ago"
I don't think he wants to dump a truck load on people. He's taking baby steps, which is important. What if I asked for only a hamburger and instead I got a hamburger and french fries with a side of coke? It's more than I asked for.
Thank you James for all you have made. I need help to conjugate the verb, like past perfect progressive past perfect future perfect I hope you can help me to upload other videos talking about all that. Sorry my English is not perfect but I did my best
@Pedrofrombrazil You either want to say "I have lived in Paris for 20 years" or "I have lived in Paris since 20 years ago". In the second case (which is rarely used) it shows that your living in Paris stopped 20 years ago. I hope this makes sense.
@bbelick3 And it means that you are still living in Paris, because of the continous aspect of the verb form. If you were to say " I have lived in Paris for 20 years" it shows that you are not currently living there anymore.
You are GREAT, I love your vids! But I have to point a little mistake (or confusion) here. About the shot time/ long time thing, you could also say "I've been married for a week" (Present Perfect used to talk about SHORT time) or "I've been waiting for 10 years for this lawsuit to come to an end but the judge still hasn't decided anything" (Present Perfect Continuous used to talk about LONG TIME). So your explanation here is a little incorrect, right? No disrespect meant, of course.
dammit... i don't know why?? but is very difficult for mi this...
i speak spanish.. but i'm learning to speak english so... my teacher doesn't help me when i need mor information.... but you are really nice!!! thank you