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I have lived/ have been living in this city for six months. Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 8:13:22 PM
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I have lived in this city for six months.
I have been living in this city for six months.

What is the difference in meaning between the sentences?

Thanks.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 8:26:02 PM

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Hi!
There is very little difference.
One may hear both interchangeably.

Personally, I would probably change, depending on the rest of the sentence:
I have lived in this city for six months, but am moving to Plymouth next week.
I have been living in this city for six months and think it's great.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 9:52:02 PM
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Thanks, DragOnspeaker.
Todd C. Williams
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 8:08:58 PM

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However, the two phrases can have a subtle difference.
The sentence "I have lived in this city for six months" has no context. For instance, "I have lived in Singapore for six months. It was in 2006." You cannot do that to the second sentence. The sentence "I have been living in Singapore for six months" is present tense. It implies you are living there now.
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