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It has snowed for two days.
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Sentence #72793

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It has snowed for two days.

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odexed
Oct 4th 2014, 19:23
Can I also say It’s been snowing for two days?
kieranjpball
Oct 4th 2014, 20:05
Yes, "it has been snowing for two days" works better in English than "it has snowed for two days".
odexed
Oct 4th 2014, 20:26
Thank you for reply.
Dejo
Oct 4th 2014, 20:45
@kieranjpball
There is a subtle difference in meaning between your two sentences.
1.It has been snowing for two days = Snow fell for two days and is still falling now.
2.It has snowed for two days.= Snow fell for two days but it stopped now.
odexed
Oct 4th 2014, 20:51
But the first one can also imply that snow just stopped falling, right?
CK
CK
Oct 4th 2014, 20:51 - edited Oct 4th 2014, 20:54
Compare:

[#1739212] It has been snowing for two days. (belgavox)

Related:

[#272541] It has been snowing on and off. (CK)
[#244797] It has been snowing off and on since last night. (CK)
[#242161] It has been snowing since this morning. (CK)
[#73127] It had been snowing for a week. (Dejo)
[#66356] How long has it been snowing? (CK)
[#6034] It's been snowing all night. (CK)

[#3024111] It snowed in Boston last night. (CK) *audio*
[#2122033] It snowed yesterday. (CK) *audio*
[#569759] It snowed a lot last year. (kebukebu) *audio*
[#3518819] It snowed for four days. (CK)
[#2064498] It snowed for ten days in a row. (halfb1t)
[#853097] It snowed all last night. (piksea)
[#324586] It snowed a good deal last night. (CK)
[#272527] It snowed for ten consecutive days. (CK)
[#244521] It snowed hard yesterday. (CK)

odexed
Oct 4th 2014, 21:05
@CK
My question is whether I can use Present Perfect Continuous in this sentence with the same meaning (Snow stopped falling by this moment)
kieranjpball
Oct 4th 2014, 21:44
@Dejo

Yes, you're right, there is a subtle difference in English.

@odexed

Grammatically speaking, "it has been snowing for two days" means that it continues to snow now and has been snowing for two days and "it has snowed for two days" means that it has now stopped snowing. However, in common usage, in Britain at least, you can use both to mean that it is still snowing. I've heard many people, particularly in the Midlands, say similar to "it has snowed for two days" even if it is still snowing. Sometimes grammatical meaning and actual usage can be slightly different.
brauchinet
Oct 4th 2014, 21:48
odexed, if the snow stops falling in the middle of the sentence (after the word "been" to be precise), you may probably finish the sentence with Present Perfect Continuous. ☺

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