have been feeling/have felt/felt a bit depressed

sandaraqz

Senior Member
Javanese
What is the difference between the following three sentences?

1. Recently, I have been feeling a bit depressed.
2. Recently, I have felt a bit drepressed.
3. Recently, I felt a bit depressed.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Hi, sandaraqz.
    1. Recently, I have been feeling a bit depressed.
    2. Recently, I have felt a bit depressed.
    These two sentences tell me the same thing. They tell me that you have been feeling depressed. "I have felt a bit depressed" is possible, but I prefer "I have been feeling a bit depressed." :thumbsup:

    I like the continuous/progressive form if you are talking about a feeling that has lasted for a while and continues to trouble you now.

    3. Recently, I felt a bit depressed.
    This makes sense if you felt depressed for a short time recently. You no longer feel depressed.
     
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    sandaraqz

    Senior Member
    Javanese
    Thanks owlman. If I am using the present perfect, it would be suggesting that the action is finished, woldn't it? Can I also use the progressive? "Recently, I'm feeling a bit depressed."
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    You're welcome.

    If I am using the present perfect, it would be suggesting that the action is finished, wouldn't it?
    It could suggest that you aren't depressed at the moment you speak. Once again, I think the present perfect is possible in this sentence with your intended meaning. But I think the present perfect continuous is clearer.

    Can I also use the progressive? "Recently, I'm feeling a bit depressed."
    This is also possible. I still prefer "I have been feeling a little depressed recently/lately."
     
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