Present Perfect Continuous with Examples

Present Perfect Continuous With Examples

This tense is confusing to many English grammar learners, as they don’t know what and when to use it. The present perfect continuous is used to refer to an unspecified time, if the speaker is interested in the process and the results of an action regardless of when exactly it happened. This action may still be happening or finished.

WHEN TO USE THE PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS

1 – Unfinished actions: we use this tense if we want to express an unfinished action that started in the past and still happening in the present.

2- Temporary situations or habits: it’s basically the same as the previous one (unfinished actions), but less clearly about how long, and we usually use the word “recently”.

3 – Finished actions: we can use this tense in actions which have recently stopped and are showed results in the present.

HOW TO USE THE PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS

The present perfect continuous is easy to make, It is consists of two parts:

Subject +has/have been +base+ing
She has been reading

Making the positive and negative forms of the present perfect continuous:

Positive Negative
I have been reading I have not been reading
You have been walking You have not been walking
He has been working He has not been working
She has been speaking She has not been speaking
It has been eating It has not been eating
We have been studying We have not been studying
They have been sleeping They have not been sleeping

Making yes/no questions and wh- questions forms of the present perfect continuous:

'Yes / No' Questions 'wh' questions
Have I been reading? What have I been doing?
Have you been walking? Where have you been running?
Has he been working? What has he been studying?
Has she been speaking ? Why has she been working today?
Has it been eating ? How long has it been raining?
Have we been studying? How long have we been watching this film?
Have they been sleeping? How long have they been living here?


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