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Hello

Hope you are fine.

What doe the following sentences mean?

1)I have worked hard on my English.

Here is my question: Does the sentence mean that "I" am STILL working on my English?

2) I have thought about writing Peter a letter.

My question: Does the sentence mean that "I" am STILL thinking about writing Peter a letter?

Thank you
Wish you all the best
Hame

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Hi Hame!

Sorry again for the late reply!

Neither statement NECESSARILY means that the subjet is still doing the action.  In other words, it might be true, it might not be.  We cannot know for sure based on those statements.

In order to indicate that an action has happened for a certain period of time AND the subject is STILL doing it, we have to use - maybe you've already guessed it - the present perfect continuous.  We'd have to say:

1. I have BEEN workING hard on my English.

2. I have BEEN THINKING about writing Peter a letter.

Hope that helps!

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Anything to do with word usage and/or grammar, plus the fundamentals on almost any type of writing (especially creative writing, such as poetry, short stories, movie/dramatic scripts, etc.)

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Majored in English literature in college; have published short stories and poems, currently teaching English as a second language to foreigners

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Editor's Choice for a national poetry contest. 2nd prize for a short story in a city-wide short story contest.

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