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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > have worked since 1990 vs have nee working since 1990    

have worked since 1990 vs have nee working since 1990



angela#anaconda
France

have worked since 1990 vs have nee working since 1990
 
 
Dear colleagues,
 
I was wondering what the difference was between:
"I īve worked for IBM since 1990" and "I īve been working for IBM since 1990"
I know we can use both but which one would you use more naturally?
 
Is there a difference in meaning here?
 
Thank you guys!

5 Feb 2012      



ueslteacher
Ukraine

1) Pr Per Cont - to emphasize duration;
2) Pr Per - emphasis on completion;
3) Pr Per Cont - could mean it īs temporarily;
4) Pr Per - it īs a permanent job?

Let īs see what others think.
Sophia 

5 Feb 2012     



almaz
United Kingdom

To paraphrase Geoff Pullum, if you added "....and now it īs time to party!", your continued employment with the company - and a decent pension - may well be at issue.

5 Feb 2012     



yanogator
United States

I agree with Sophia. The way I usually explain it is that the continuous tenses emphasize the process and the time involved.

"I have worked for them since 2000" is a simple statement of fact.
"I have been working for them since 2000" is talking about the time and work, rather than just giving the amount of time.
 
Bruce

5 Feb 2012     



almaz
United Kingdom

And...which one would you use more naturally?

I know this is a constant (and usually justified) complaint but, perhaps if Angela gave us a context...?

5 Feb 2012     



Jayho
Australia

Naturally - the second.

6 Feb 2012     



PhilipR
Thailand

Some grammar books say that the present perfect simple and present perfect continuous can be used interchangeably with the verbs LIVE and WORK.

I agree with Almaz that context would be useful.

6 Feb 2012     



marie.marron
Spain

But isn īt the difference that if you say:  "I īve worked for IBM since 1990" you recently ended your work there and "I īve been working for IBM since 1990" you still work there?

6 Feb 2012     



Apodo
Australia

@marie.marron
 
I īve worked for IBM since 1990"  - This doesn īt indicate that you no longer work there.
If you no longer work there you would say: I worked for IBM from 1990 until 2007.
 You would not use īsince ī.
You can say:
I haven īt worked there since 2007.
 
Since indicates it is still happening.

6 Feb 2012     



angela#anaconda
France

There is no particular context here and I thank you all for your answers!
May the force be with you!
 

6 Feb 2012