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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE
Present Perfect Continuous

 
 

Definition

The present perfect continuous describes an action that started in the past and continues in the present and future. This is a continuous tense, so the focus is on the length of time an action continues.

Example

   
Rudy has been feeling sick for three days.

Explanation

The present perfect continuous --

  • describes how long an action has continued.
  • describes actions that have finished recently and have results in the present.
  • is different from the present perfect because it focuses on how long an action happened, or the present results of an action.
  • has the form have + been + verb -ing.
  • uses "have" as the auxiliary to ask questions about how long an action has continued.
  • uses "not" between "have" and "been" to make negative present perfect continuous sentences.
  • uses "for" and "since" to show the length of time an action has happened.

Related Sections

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Participles
Present Perfect
Verb "to have"