i ... english for five years

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'I _____ English for five years.'

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  1. study
  2. have been studying
  3. am studying
  4. will study

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Option 2 : have been studying


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The correct answer is 'have been studying'.

Key Points

  • The present perfect continuous tense also known as present perfect progressive tense shows that something started in the past and is continuing at the present time.
  • The structure of present perfect tense is: subject + has/have + been + v1 + ing + object.
  • For example:
    • I have been reading War and Peace for a month now.
  • Thus, option 2 is the most appropriate choice as studying English is an activity that began sometime in the past and is not yet finished in the present.

Hence, the correct sentence is: I have been studying English for five years.

Important Points

  • 'For' is used with a period of time.
  • For example:
    • I have been walking for five hours.
  • 'Since' is used lớn refer lớn a specific point in time.
  • For example:
    • I have been reading since morning.

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