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"I haven't waited long." or "I haven't been waiting long."?
Present perfect or present perfect continuous?
  • Sorry I'm late.
  • That's all right. I .................. (not/wait) long.

In my opinion, both Present perfect tense ("I haven't waited long.") and Present perfect continuous ("I haven't been waiting long.") are all right, but I am really not sure.
Can I have your help? Thank you in advance.




2020년 5월 6일 오전 9:19
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A native speaker would say 'I haven't been waiting long'. The present perfect continuous would be the natural tense to use as it is more immediate than the present perfect simple and puts more of an emphasis on the activity itself and its duration.
2020년 5월 6일
I haven't been waiting long sounds better to me 😊
2020년 5월 6일
"i haven't been waiting long" sounds a little more natural. but both are fine

2020년 5월 6일
I haven't been waiting long.
2020년 5월 6일
Thank you so much, Juandoe ^^
2020년 5월 6일
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