Present Perfect Simple vs Present Perfect Continuous
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I _____________ (eat) cake all day long, I can't take any more, but there is still some left! :-)
HAVE BEEN EATING (Present Perfect Continuous - there is cake left, so the action isn't finished; as a side effect, I'm full)
I _____________ (eat) the cake, it's gone! :-(
HAVE EATEN (Present Perfect Simple - the action is finished, as a result the cake is no more)
I _____________ (paint) my flat, that's why it smells.
HAVE BEEN PAINTING (Present Perfect Continuous - it's an unintended side effect, the focus is on the activity)
I _____________ (paint) the flat, it looks great!
HAVE PAINTED (Present Perfect Simple - result)
Max _____________ (cut) his finger, it's bleeding.
HAS CUT (Present Perfect Simple - the action is over, as a result it is bleeding)
Rita _____________ (read) a thriller for the last couple of hours, it's so exciting that she just can't put the book down.
HAS BEEN READING (Present Perfect Continuous - the action isn't over, Rita is still reading)
I'm really sorry, but I _____________ (crash) into the back of your car.
HAVE CRASHED (Present Perfect Simple - the action is over, as a result the car is broken)
I _____________ (write) my matura paper this afternoon, it will soon be finished.
HAVE BEEN WRITING - (Present Perfect Continuous - the paper is not yet finished)
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