Present Perfect Continuous Tense

present_perfect_continuous

What is It?

The present perfect continuous tense shows how an action which started in the past is still going on.

When to Use?

Cases

Examples

*Show how long an action has taken until now. 1. Boris and Michael have been talking for the last hour.

2. Gerald has been teaching English at the community college since May.

*Talk about time spent in a general way. 1. Recently, I have been running with sheep.

2. She has been watching too much Oprah lately.

Exceptions

Non-continuous and mixed verbs cannot be used in this tense.

 

Non-continuous verbs: actions you normally cannot see somebody doing.

Examples: to want, to possess, to belong, to exist

 

Mixed verbs: actions that can have more than one meaning.

Examples: to appear, to feel, to hear, to look

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