If I could look out of the window and see rain coming down I could turn to my friend and say 'It is raining. If it was raining at 10am when I looked out the window the first time, and I look again at 2pm, I could say to my friend 'It has been raining for two hours! Another example for you. What do you do for a living? I am a waitress. Have you got any? Well, I have been a waitress. I used to do that job but not any more. How long have you worked here? I have been a waitress for 10 years I started working as a waitress 10 years ago and have continued up to this date.
Hi You say 'it's raining' to describe a present situation: it is raining now. It means it is still raining and it started raining 2 hours ago. Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation? Amandine is correct, but it isn't limited to this. One could say "It has been raining, but now it's sunny" - meaning recently it's rained, but it stopped and is now sunny.
A time period isn't necessary, and it doesn't necessarily mean that it's still raining. And what's the name of this form - has been raining and when we use such a form? Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos. The continuity of the event is not important. Besides, A2 takes "rained" as the current state. In the explanation cited by the OP, an important element was missing, the question that preceded the two responses:. A2 : It has rained for two hours [and will likely continue to do so in the future].
It is already raining when the speaker asks their question. Presumably the circumstances tell us that rain has been falling for a significant amount of time, the continuous tense emphasises the continuity of the action, in this case the rainfall.
Both the responses are appropriate, and their meanings the same: it started to rain two hours ago. The user's interpretation within the square brackets are not really different from one another. In the first, the user expresses directly their opinion I don't expect it to stop soon. In the second, it is unclear what or who suggests that it will continue to rain for sometime and will likely continue to do so …. The Present Perfect and the Present Perfect Continuous tense are often interchangeable when we want to express an action that continues to the present.
We use this tense to express the idea of an action in progress and when we want to mention the length of its duration. We use the PPC with time expressions that begin with either since or for , or with the question How long?
For example:. There's no difference in meaning. Look at the following sentences in the present perfect; these are interchangeable with the present perfect continuous:. However, it's more common to use the present perfect continuous when you refer to an action that started in the past and continues up to now.
Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Stack Overflow for Teams — Start collaborating and sharing organizational knowledge. Create a free Team Why Teams? Learn more. Asked 5 years, 6 months ago. Modified 5 years, 5 months ago. Viewed 20k times. Improve this question. Community Bot 1. When you tell us that "some say" this, to whom do you refer? Also, there is no difference in meaning betweem "and I don't expect it to stop soon" and "and will likely continue to do so in the future".
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