Present Perfect Continuous Tense


What is It?

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

When to Use?



*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.


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 which can have more than one meaning.

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


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