marți, 20 octombrie 2009

Present Perfect Continuous


The present perfect continuous is made up of two elements:
  1. the present perfect of the verb 'to be' (have/has been), and
  2. the present participle of the main verb (base+ing).
has/have been
has been

She has been / She's been
She hasn't been
Has she been
Interrogative negative
Hasn't she been

Example: to live

I have been living
I haven't been living
Have I been living?
You have been living
You haven't been living
Have you been living?
He, she, it has been living
He hasn't been living
Has she been living?
We have been living
We haven't been living
Have we been living?
You have been living
You haven't been living
Have you been living?
They have been living
They haven't been living
Have they been living?


The present perfect continuous refers to an unspecified time between 'before now' and 'now'. The speaker is thinking about something that started but perhaps did not finish in that period of time. He/she is interested in the process as well as the result, and this process may still be going on, or may have just finished.


1. Actions that started in the past and continue in the present.
  • She has been waiting for you all day (=and she's still waiting now).
  • I've been working on this report since eight o'clock this morning (=and I still haven't finished it).
  • They have been travelling since last October (=and they're not home yet).
2. Actions that have just finished, but we are interested in the results:
  • She has been cooking since last night (=and the food on the table looks delicious).
  • It's been raining (= and the streets are still wet).
  • Someone's been eating my chips (= half of them have gone).

Verbs without continuous forms

With verbs not normally used in the continuous form, use the present perfect simple. See list of these verbs under 'Present Continuous':
  • I've wanted to visit China for years.
  • She's known Robert since she was a child.
  • I've hated that music since I first heard it.
  • I've heard a lot about you recently.
  • We've understood everything we've heard this morning.

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