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Past continuous VS Present perfect continuous

Hi guys!

What's the difference between the past continuous and the present perfect continuous?

For example, if I say "I was writing my essay" or "I've been writing my essay", is the meaning changed?

Thank you.

Mar 22, 2018 4:26 PM
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In- 'i was writing my essay' the action is over. In 'i have been writing my essay' you can add a time which brings it into the present. I have been writing my essay for 2 hours.

But on their own 'i have been writing my essay' sounds like you are still writing it now. 

March 22, 2018

 "I was writing my essay"
You were writing in the past at a point of time. 

 "I've been writing my essay",
You keep writing from the past to the present and you are still writing at the moment you are describing. 

March 22, 2018
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