The Present Perfect Progressive Tense

The Present Perfect Progressive Tense

The Present Perfect Progressive Tense

 

Also known as “Present Perfect Continuous Tense.”

 

When do we use the tense?

(1) To say how long for unfinished actions that started in the past and still continues up to now.
“I have been working here since 2010.”
“I have been living in Paris for 5 years.”
(2) Finished actions which have a result.
“I have been playing video games all night long, so I am very sleepy.”
“I have been running for 2 hours, so I am tired.”

 

Affirmative

 

Pattern:

Subject + Have/Has been + Verb-ing + rest of the sentence.

 

Example:

I have been working here since 2010.”
“I have been playing video games all night long, so I am very sleepy.”

 

Negative

 

Pattern:

Subject + Have/Has been + not + Verb-ing + rest of the sentence.

 

Example:

I have not been swimming.
He has not been studying.

 

Interrogative/Question ( Affirmative )

 

Pattern:

Has/Have + Subject + Been + Verb-ing + rest of the sentence.

 

Example:

Have I been studying?
Has she been cooking?

 

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