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How long have you been living vs. How long have you lived

hirashin

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Hello, native speakers.
I have a question.
Would both be used?
(a) How long have you been living in this town? --- I've been living here for about ten years.
(b) How long have you lived in this town? --- I've lived here for about ten years.

Thanks in advance.
Hirashin
 

johnnyG

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And I think either answer could be used with either question. These sound fine, too:

(a) How long have you been living in this town? --- I've lived here for about ten years.
(b) How long have you lived in this town? --- I've been living here for about ten years.
 

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(a) How long have you been living in this town? --- I've been living here for about ten years.
(b) How long have you lived in this town? --- I've lived here for about ten years.
As has been mentioned, both are possible. However the present perfect continuous (a) implies a more temporary situation than present perfect simple (b), especially when discussing "how long".
 

hirashin

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Thank you for the help, johnnyG and Kyushuwoozy.
 

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