Difference between these sentences?
What's the difference between "what are you doing?" and "what have you been doing?" ? Thanks in advance :)
What are you doing? is what are you currently doing? as in at this moment. What have you been doing? is in the past
Thanks for reply :). If "what have you been doing.?" is in the past. Then what's the difference between "what were you doing?", "what had you been doing?" and " what have you been doing?" ?
"What have you been doing?" is past but recently I would say, "what were you doing?" is not always recently,
example, I would say what were you doing in February? but not what have you been doing in February?
Sorry if I don't make sense, I am a native speaker but this could not technically be correct but its how I would use them.
I think "what had you been doing?" and "what were you doing?" are the same.
Thanks, you give me your precious time. Don't mention sorry. I know that you had written this sentence for clear my doubt. Sorry, for bad English. Can I contact to you in future for further doubts?
Qué estás haciendo? = "What are you doing?"
I can see that you are doing something right now and I want to know what it is. Or I call you and want to know what you are doing at this moment.
Qué has estado haciendo? = "What have you been doing?"
Either I call you or I see you at a party but I haven't talked to you for a long time. I wonder if anything has changed in your life since the last time that I saw you. Have you been on vacation? Have you been working a lot? You may not be on vacation or working at this very moment. Some of the things that you have been doing have ended, but others like work will continue into the future. It's very general.
Another example would be that I come home from work and the house is messy. You were supposed to clean it and you did not. I wonder why you didn't clean it. Or, the house was clean when I left but now it's a big mess. I wonder what you have done to make such a big mess. So, I ask you "What have you been doing?"
Qué estuviste haciendo? = "What were you doing?"
I come in to the room and you stop doing whatever it was you were doing at that moment. I ask you what you were doing before.
I saw you somewhere doing something yesterday, but I do not know what you were doing. So, I ask.
I see you at a party and you tell me that you have been to Australia. I don't know why you would go to Australia. So, I ask, "What were you doing in Australia?" Were you on vacation? Did you go for work?
I'm just learning Spanish past tenses, so anyone with more experience in both languages should feel free to correct me.
what are you doing is indicate present continiouse tense and an other is past perfect continiouse tense
What are you doing? Means like what are you doing this very moment. For example:
"What are you doing?" - "I'm reading." However if someone asks you "What have you been doing?" It means something you are doing but not at the current moment. For example if someone asked me what have you been doing, I would respond with something like, "I have been studying at the university, I have been working," etc. It kind of means like "what have you been up to?".