Present perfect continuous tense
I have been writing
She has been writing.
You have been writing.
I have not been writing.
She has not been writing.
You have not been writing.
Have I been writing?
Has she been writing?
Have you been writing?
Uses of the present perfect progressive tense
We use the present perfect progressive to talk about situations which started in the past and are still going on, or which have just stopped and have present results.
- I have seen reading since morning.
- We have been waiting for ages.
- 'You look exhausted.' 'Yes, I have been running. '
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.
- It is raining again.
- It has been raining since Christmas. (NOT It is raining since Christmas.)
- I am learning English.
- I have been learning English for two years. (NOT I am learning English for two years.)
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.
- I have been painting the house. (focus on continuous activity)
- I have painted two rooms since lunchtime.
- I have been reading your book. (focus on continuous activity)
- I have read your book. (focus on completion)
Temporary and permanent
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.
- He has been standing at the gate all day.
- For 1000 years the castle has stood on the hill above the village.
- I have been living in Mumbai for the last month.
- My parents have lived in Chennai all their lives.
Sections in this article
Tenses worksheet for grade 10 CBSE
CBSE class 10 English grammar - sentence completion exercise 1
CBSE class 10 English grammar - sentence completion exercise 2
Degrees of comparison exercises
Simple present tense worksheet
Using adjective clauses
Since or For
Using since and for: grammar exercise
Joining two sentences into a single compound sentence
Common mistakes in the use of nouns
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 1
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 2
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 3
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