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Are both of these sentences are correct?
I am sitting in the shadow of a tree.

I am sitting in the shade of a tree.

What does it mean he is under the shadow of his brother?

Are these sentences correct?what is the difference between these two sentences?
He has been playing tennis for an hour and now he is tired.
He has played tennis for an hour and now he is tired.

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Hello again Niloo,

One at a time:

You can't sit in the shadow, you sit in the shade. A tree casts a shadow which causes shade.

So "I am sitting in the shade of a tree" is the correct sentence, the other one is incorrect.



Living in/under someone's shadow means that they're more important than you are, they receive more attention than you.

So when you say that he is under his brother's shadow, it means that his brother gets more attention than he does.



Lastly:

He has been playing tennis for an hour and now he is tired. This is correct.

He has played tennis for an hour and now he is tired. The sentence is incorrect.

When an action is finished (playing tennis) and you can see the results (he's tired), you should use the continuous form of the verb.

More on the two verb tenses below:

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfect.html Present perfect

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfectcontinuous.html Present perfect continuous

I hope this helps.

Regards,

~Amy

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