I have been...

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Good evening everybody.

An example - I met a friend today who I had not seen for a week.

Q - What have you been doing? [during the last 7 days]
A - I have been watching that new series on TV.

What is the best way to express this in Spanish?

¿Qué has estado haciendo?
He estado viendo / he estado leyendo, etcetera

I am not convinced. What do you think?

Muchas gracias

(P.S. Does this concept have a name? Progressive past or something')

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updated NOV 8, 2008
posted by patch

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lazarus1907 said:

In English is called present perfect continuous; in Spanish some grammars calls it "pretérito perfecto progresivo",
It's been many years since I last had occasion to read a textbook on the subject of English grammar (so the "preferred" terminology may have changed) but I would be quite happy with saying "present perfect progressive". I have no objections to "continuous" but, for me, it's "progressive" that "springs to mind".

updated NOV 8, 2008
posted by samdie
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Okay, then I will asume that it is also sounds natural.

Thanks again, Lazarus. I really appreciate it.

updated NOV 8, 2008
posted by patch
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It looks perfect to me, including the orthography.

In English is called present perfect continuous; in Spanish some grammars calls it "pretérito perfecto progresivo", but it is not regarded as a tense by most grammars, but a special construction called periphrasis.

updated NOV 8, 2008
posted by lazarus1907