Present Perfect Continuous Tense

December 4, 2017

When and how to use the Present Perfect Perfect tense | What's the structure of the Present Perfect Continuous tense| Learn the Present Perfect Continuous tense


Present Perfect Continuous Tense - When and How to use the Present Perfect Tense




We use the Present Perfect Continuous


  • something started at some point in the past and it's still going on continuously at the moment of speaking and our focus is on the activity not the result of it 


They have been waiting for us for hours.

Jerry has been learning to sail since he was a kid. 


Look at the differences between the present perfect and the present perfect continuous tenses:


She has read the book. Now, she knows what it's about. - The result is in focus not the activity. (present perfect)


What a lazy Sunday. She has been reading her book on the sofa all day. - The activity is in focus. (present perfect continuous)



What is the structure of the Present Perfect tense?


The structure is the mix of perfect and continuous verb form. So have or has + the past participle of to be + verb + ing . 


have / has + been + verb + ing  



In questions and negatives:


They haven't been playing since 2 o'clock. 

What have you been doing since we graduated?

How long has she been crying?

I haven't been waiting long, don't worry


Learn with videos, further examples, funny situations - Tenses in the English Language | Visual Learning Course



Printable Present Perfect Continuous Exercises



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