General Writing and Grammar Help/difference



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Which one is correct? And if both are, then what is the difference between them?

a) I have waited for Peter for 2 hours.

b) I have been waiting for Peter for 2 hours.

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Hi Hame!

Interesting question!

The simple answer is they are the same.  You can use either one in the same situation and they convey the same meaning.

However, technically speaking, B is clear, but A is vague.  Sentence A could mean that you waited for Peter in the present OR at some point in the past.  For example, it's possible that you waited (for two hours) yesterday, or a week ago, or a year ago.  However, since sentence B is in the continuous, it means that it must still be happening now.

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.)


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

As mentioned above, a bachelor's in English Literature and also a CELTA certification which enables me to teach 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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