Present Perfect Continuous Tense Form And Uses


Form

Affirmative 

I have been writing
She has been writing.
You have been writing.

Negative

I have not been writing.
She has not been writing.
You have not been writing.

Interrogative

Have I been writing?
Has she been writing?
Have you been writing?

Uses of the present perfect continuous / progressive tense

We use the present perfect continuous to talk about situations which started in the past and are still going on, or which have just stopped and have present results.

We cannot use the present perfect progressive with expressions that refer to a finished period of time.

present progressive and present perfect progressive: differences

Both the present perfect progressive and present progressive can be used to talk about situations which started in the past and are still going on. The difference is that the present perfect progressive has an ‘up to now’ focus. It is common when we are talking about how long a situation has lasted.

present perfect and present perfect progressive: differences

Both the present perfect and present perfect progressive can be used to talk about recent actions and situations that have present results. There is an important difference. The present perfect progressive focuses on the idea of continuity. The present perfect, on the other hand, looks more at the ideas of completion.

Temporary and permanent situations

We prefer the present perfect progressive to talk about more temporary actions and situations; when we talk about longer-lasting or permanent situations we often use the present perfect.