Business English Grammar Present Perfect Simple vs Present Perfect Continuous

Often there is very little difference between the present perfect simple and the present perfect continuous. In many cases, both are equally acceptable. They’ve been working here for a long time but Andy has worked here for even longer.  I’ve lived here for 10 years and she has been living here for 12 years. To … Read more

Business English Grammar Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Continuous

How do you choose the present perfect simple or present perfect continuous? The Present Perfect Simple or the Present Perfect Continuous. Often there is very little difference between the present perfect simple and the present perfect continuous. In many cases, both are equally acceptable. They’ve been working here for a long time but Andy has … Read more

Business English Grammar Past Simple or Present Perfect

(Remember that British and American English have different rules for the use of the present perfect. The comments and the exercises here refer to correct grammar for British English. In American English, it is often considered acceptable to use the past simple in some of these examples.) The past simple is used to talk about actions … Read more

English Grammar Tenses -Past Perfect Continuous

We use the past perfect continuous to look back at a situation in progress. It was a good time to invest. Inflation had been falling for several months.  Before I changed jobs, I had been working on a plan to reduce production costs. We had been thinking about buying a new house but then we … Read more