Present Perfect Continuous

We use the English present perfect continuous when we want to emphasize the duration of the event that we're talking about, or point out that the event is still ongoing.

 

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Present Perfect Continuous Affirmative

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The present perfect continuous affirmative is formed by using "have" or "has" plus "been" plus the present participle of the verb.

  • Examples:
    • I have been teaching English online since 2018.
    • Laura has been traveling for two months now.

Present Perfect Continuous Negative

Negative sentences in the present perfect continuous are formed by adding "not" after the "have" or "has."

  • Examples:
    • Lucy hasn't been working here long.
    • I haven't been sleeping well lately.

Present Perfect Continuous Questions

Yes/no questions in the present perfect continuous tense are formed by moving the "have" or "has" to the beginning of the sentence.

  • Examples:
    • Has the bread been proofing long?
    • Have you been living here long?

Wh-questions in the present perfect continuous tense are formed by adding the wh-word to the beginning of the sentence. The rules for yes/no questions still apply.

  • Examples:
    • How long has the bread been proofing?
    • What have you been studying?