I haven't seen / haven't been seeing George for two days

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tigerduck

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German / Switzerland
Hello

I was wondering whether in the following sentence both the present perfect and the present perfect continuous can be used. If so, I assume it's just a matter of perception depending on whether the speaker wants to emphasize the fact/result (present perfect) or the activity/duration (present perfect continuous).

I haven't seen / haven't been seeing George for two days.
 
  • ribran

    Senior Member
    English - American
    Hello

    I was wondering whether in the following sentence both the present perfect and the present perfect continuous can be used. If so, I assume it's just a matter of perception depending on whether the speaker wants to emphasize the fact/result (present perfect) or the activity/duration (present perfect continuous).

    I haven't seen / haven't been seeing George for two days.
    I haven't been seeing George for two days.:cross:

    I haven't seen George for two days. Fine, but I would say, "...in two days."
     

    natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    You usually say 'I've been seeing somebody' to mean you have been involved with that person romantically, as in 'I've been seeing this girl for three months, and she's all that I could ever want'.
     
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