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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Present Perfect Continuous

 
 

Examples sentences using present perfect continuous:

Sentence

Present Perfect Continuous

Explanation

Uma has been studying English for ten years.

has been studying

Uma started studying ten years ago. She is studying now. She will probably continue to study in the future.

I have been studying French since 1985.

have been studying

I started studying in 1985. I am studying now. I will probably continue to study in the future.

Their faces are red. They have been running.

have been running

They finished running recently. Their faces are red. Their red faces now are the result of the running.

Fredericka has been eating pistachio nuts.

has been eating

Fredericka has red lips and red fingers as a result of eating pistachio nuts. She is not eating the nuts now.

Have they been travelling for three weeks?

Have + subject + been travelling

The question asks when they started travelling. They are travelling now.

How long have they been travelling?

have + subject + been travelling

The question asks for the amount of time spent travelling. They are travelling now. The answer will include "for" (a period of time) or "since" (a specific time in the past).