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present perfect



anaram
Spain

present perfect
 
Hi!

Can anyone tell me if "have not been working" is possible in this sentence?

I can īt find a job. I ............ (not work) for months.

I was expecting "haven īt worked" but I īm not too sure if this option is also possible.

Thanks a lot and have a nice Christmas everybody.

Ana

21 Dec 2010      



uatike
Turkey

as far as I remember   "live-teach-work"  are special verbs . You can use them either in Pres.perf. or pres.perf cont.
So both of the usage is okay. They have the same meaning.
 
Atike

21 Dec 2010     



edrodmedina
United States

haven īt worked, have not worked...either is fine. Ed

21 Dec 2010     



anaram
Spain

Thanks.
So, "have not been working"is not correct. Right?

22 Dec 2010     



aliciapc
Uruguay

Right

22 Dec 2010     



Apodo
Australia

The most obvious answer (and the one that sounds best) is as you expected:
 
I can īt find a job. I haven īt worked for months.
 
 
I haven īt been working is best used like this:
 
 
I haven īt been working at the factory since it closed in July.
 
I haven īt been working here long.
 
 

22 Dec 2010