present perfect continuous – construction and use

Present perfect continuous – construction and use. Learn how to form and when to use present perfect continuous tense. Then, do the exercises at the bottom of the site to check yourself.

Present perfect continuous – construction and use


affirmative negative questions
I have been walking have not = haven’t been walking Have I been walking?
you have been walking have not = haven’t been walking Have you been walking?
he has been walking has not = hasn’t been walking Has he been walking?
she has been walking has not = hasn’t been walking Has she been walking?
it has been walking has not = hasn’t been walking Has it been walking?
we have been walking have not = haven’t been walking Have we been walking?
you have been walking have not = haven’t been walking Have you been walking?
they have been walking have not = haven’t been walking Have they been walking?

Affirmative:

subject has/have been gerund (verb+ing) object
She has been living in the USA.
They have been singing for one hour.

Negative:

subject haven’t/ hasn’t been gerund (verb+ing) object
You haven’t been living in the USA.
She hasn’t been singing for one hour.

Questions:

Have/has subject been gerund (verb+ing) object
Have you been living in the USA?
Has she been singing for one hour?

When do we use present perfect continuous?

Use 1
to talk about things that started in the past and are happening up to now, especially when we are interested in how long something has been happening (using for and since)
Examples
She has been working for 10 hours.
Use 2
To talk about past actions which results are visible now
Examples
She has been walking. That’s why she is so tired.

Present perfect continuous – typical words:

-for,since

-how long

Practise online:

http://mrbrownslearningspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Present_Perfect_Progressive_1.htm

http://www.adelescorner.org/grammar/pres_per_cont/pres_perfect_cont.html

https://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/t073-present-perfect-continuous.htm

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