Present Perfect Continuous Tense
What is the present perfect continuous tense? How do we use present perfect continuous tense? How to use present perfect continuous tense?
The Present Perfect Continuous Tense
1) We use the present perfect continuous when we talk about an action (quite a long one) which began in the past and has recently or just stopped. The present perfect continuous usually emphasizes duration or the amount of time that an action has been taking place.
– Is it snowing right now? – No, it isn’t but there is 5 cm of snow outside. It has been snowing all night.
2) The present perfect continuous is formed using has/have + been + present participle. Questions are indicated by inverting the subject and has/have. Negatives are made with not.
(+) Ann has been waiting for Sam for over an hour.
(-) Ann hasn’t been waiting for Sam for over an hour. She has been waiting for only 10 minutes.
(?) Has Ann been waiting for Sam for over an hour?/How long has Ann been waiting for Sam?
Some time markers can emphasize the duration of the action, show that the action is temporary or repeated. These time markers are аll dау, аll morпing, for dауs, for аgеs, lаtelу, reсeпtlу, sinсe, for etc.
My brother has been playing tennis since he was seven. I haven’t been feeling well recently. How long have you been learning English? – I’ve been learning it for 5 years.
Remember that non-continuous verbs (e.g. to love, hate, know, want etc.) are not used in any continuous tenses. Use the present perfect instead.
I’ve been wanting to visit Paris for years. I’ve wanted to visit Paris for years.
Don't Stop There!
This is only a small part of the lesson. There is so much more to learn. Continue this lesson by joining The Ultimate English Grammar Course.
Inside the course, you can continue with this lesson. There are dozen more uses and examples not shown here. You will also get access to guided practice with a real English professor, a real-life dialogue conversation, and dozens of grammar practice problems with answers and PDF/ebook. Just click below to open the full course!
Still Not Sure?
Learn the most important topics in English grammar
Learn how to use English grammar in real conversation examples.
Prepare for English grammar exams like A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, TOEFL, IELTS, and TOEIC
Improve your speaking, listening, and writing with English grammar.
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced | All Levels
Master English writing with the new bonus English punctuation section
Everything You Need to Know
This course has every English grammar topic. If you want to learn perfect English, this course is for you! No other English course covers as many English Grammar topics. This course includes a full English grammar book with hundreds of practice problems.
Enjoy the new English punctuation course that is included with this already huge English grammar course.
4 courses in 1 | Beginner Grammar | Intermediate Grammar | Advanced Grammar | English Punctuation
Don't waste your time buying dozens of English grammar courses. Everything you need is all in this English Grammar Master Course. This is the only course that teaches you English grammar in use and also shows you how to use it in real English conversation.
Every lesson has dozens of useful English Grammar examples, video lectures, guided practice, real-life English conversation, and worksheet pdfs full of practice problems to help you learn English.
The teacher for this course is a real-life university professor and will answer any questions you have.
Every lesson comes with the following:
Dozens of examples with full explanations.
Side by side guided instruction with Professional English teacher
A real-life conversation dialogue to show the grammar topic in use
Plenty of activities and exercises to practice what you learned.
A PDF worksheet to download and work offline
This course has 3 sections. Beginner grammar, intermediate grammar, and advanced grammar.
The course now also includes a full English punctuation course in addition to the English grammar course. Learn to master English writing and bring your English to the next level.
With the help of our course, you will master English grammar to improve your English speaking, or to ace those tough English grammar test such as A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, TOEFL, IETLS, AND TOEIC.
Start learning English the easy way!
Langpill | Learn English | Speaking | Listening | Writing