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Present Perfect Continuous Tense


The present perfect continuous describes an action that started in the past and continues in the present and future.


Rudy has been working on the Web pages for three days.


The present perfect continuous tense —

  • takes the form have + been + verb -ing.
  • 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 tense because it focuses on how long an action happened, or the present results of an action.
  • 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 continuous sentences.
  • uses “for” and “since” to show the amount of time an action has happened.