Have a look at the pairs of sentences below:
What differences in meaning can you see?
a) I’ve read that book you lent me.
b) I’ve been reading that book you lent me.
a) She’s written 10 messages.
b) She’s been writing emails for 3 hours.
a) I’ve worked here for thirty years.
b) I’ve been working in Birmingham for the last 3 weeks.
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Some verbs are not usually used in continuous tenses. These are called stative verbs.
Some of these verbs are: like, love, know, want …