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Present Perfect Continuous Tense




 
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Verbs have different forms, called tenses. The tense of a verb tells us when the action happens.

Forms of Present Perfect Continuous Tense

have been + present participle
has been + present participle

Here is a table to help you to remember when to use have and has.

 

Singular

Plural

First person

I have

we have

Second person

you have

you have

Third person

he has
she has
it has

they have

Examples:

It has been raining since this morning.
I have been trying to complete this puzzle for the last two hours.

Contractions (Short Forms)

I have been

I’ve been

You have been

You’ve been

They have been

They’ve been

He has been

He’s been

She has been

She’s been

It has been

It’s been

Paul has been

Paul’s been

The dog has been

The dog’s been

Examples:

It’s been raining since this morning.
I‘ve been trying to complete this puzzle for the last two hours.

When do we use the present perfect continuous tense?

We use the present perfect continuous to emphasize the duration of an action that began in the past and continues till now,

Examples:

She has been living in this country since 1997.
They have been working here for a month.

We use the present perfect continuous to express an action that began in the past and is still continuing now.

Examples:

We have been painting the house.
He has been exercising to lose weight.

Negative Forms of Present Perfect Continuous

We form the negative by adding not after has/have.

has + not + been + present participle
have + not + been + present participle

Contraction (or short form):

has not = hasn’t
have not = haven’t

Examples:

I have not been practicing the piano lately.
I haven’t been practicing the piano lately.
He has not been eating his meals regularly.
He hasn’t been eating his meals regularly.




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