I've been cycling/I've ridden a bike this morning.

wolfbm1

Senior Member
Polish
Hello.

A: What have you done this morning?

B: I've been to the swimming pool, I've been cycling/I've ridden a bike ...

B wants to say that riding a bike was one of the activities which he has done in the morning. Is his sentence idiomatic?

Thank you.
 
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  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    What did you do this morning? (implies it's now afternoon or later)
    What have you been doing this morning? (implies it's still morning)
    What have you done this morning? (sounds like you're asking what someone achieved)

    The answers would probably be given in the same style as the questions:
    I went for a bike ride / went cycling / went swimming
    I've been swimming and cycling
    I've been to the swimming pool and ridden my bike, that's all
     

    wolfbm1

    Senior Member
    Polish
    I wanted to know what B had done up to the moment I asked him the question, what he had actually achieved that morning which he could boast about. I wanted to practice the present perfect tense. It was only 9.30 am. I did not know that the present perfect continuous could be used too.
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    I don't believe "cycling" is natural in AE. "Biking" and "bicycling" seem common, but it's been a long time since I could partake.

    Any other AE comments?
     
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