When to use it?
- An action that recently stopped.
- An action that has not happened recently.
- The action may be recently finished or continuing.
- An action that recently stopped and has a present result.
- The action continued at the time of speaking or writing.
- This tense can be used to talk about an action that started in the past and continues in the present.
- We use it to talk about actions in progress from the past up to the present. Often with for or since.
- We sometimes use it to emphasize an action repeated many times, or the length of time of an action.
Present Perfect Continuous Keywords
- All + time. [all day, all week, all month, all year]
- The whole day, the whole week, the whole night, the whole year.
- how long.
Present Perfect Continuous Positive Form
Subject + have or has + been + base Verb [Verb 1] with ing + complement.
- I have = I’ve.
- He has = he’s.
- She has = she’s.
- It has = it’s.
- You have = you’ve.
- We have = we’ve.
- They have = they’ve.
Present Perfect Continuous Positive examples
- It has been raining all day.
- It has been growing since June.
- I have been reading for 2 hours.
- I have been waiting for you all day.
- I’m tired because I’ve been running.
- She’s been reading that book all day.
- I have been watching TV since 10pm.
- He has been travelling for two hours.
- I have been cleaning since yesterday.
- Recently, I have been feeling really tired.
- I have been writing ten letters since morning.
- Lately, Dina has been swimming a lot.
- I’m tired, because I have been running.
- Adam has been studying math for an hour.
- Lina has been playing the guitar for 3 years.
- You have been missing many classes lately.
- Recently, Sally has been running every day.
- He has been playing football for a long time.
- He has been living in Delhi since he left school.
- I have been working all morning. I am tired.
- We have been living in this city for ten years.
- The students have been preparing for the test.
- I have been gardening, so my hands are dirty.
- The street is wet because it has been raining.
- I have been studying all night, so I’m exhausted.
- My brother and I have been working since 7 Am.
- We have been practicing English together recently.
- They have been talking for the last hour.
- We have been waiting here for over two hours!
- We have been working on this project for five months.
- My father is very tired. He’s been working very hard.
- Ibrahim has been teaching at the university since May.
- Sorry about the mess. We have been painting the walls.
- My father has been trying to convince me the whole night.
- Mary has been working at that company for three years.
- My daughter has been watching too much television lately.
- Half of my chips are gone; someone has been eating them.
- The food on the table looks delicious, my mother has been cooking all day.
- They have been continuously asking for a railway station for a long time.
Present Perfect Continuous Negative Form
Have not been = haven’t been
Has not been = hasn’t been
Present Perfect Continuous Negative examples
- I haven’t been waiting long.
- It hasn’t been snowing all day.
- You haven’t been sleeping all day.
- Susan has not been cooking lately.
- It hasn’t been moaning all evening.
- We have not been traveling for year.
- Sami hasn’t been feeling well recently.
- I have been not feeling well these days.
- We haven’t been reading a novel lately.
- Lately, my friend has not been helping me.
- Sami has not been practicing his English.
- My son hasn’t been visiting us since April.
- She hasn’t been living here for three years.
- My wife has not been cooking much recently.
- My son has not been playing tennis for 5 hours.
- I have not been reading the book since morning.
- I have not been listening to music for a long time.
- My children have not been bothering us for 3 hours.
- My sister has not been eating healthy food recently.
- My parents have not been speaking for over a year.
- Our teacher has not been writing the story since 2pm.
- I’m learning Arabic, but I haven’t been learning it very long.
- You don’t understand because you have not been listening.
- I’m sorry to keep you waiting. I hope you haven’t waiting long.
- The Syrian people have not been eating the bread since 2011.
Present Perfect Continuous Question Form
Have or has + Subject + been + base Verb [Verb 1] with ing + complement + ?.
Yes, I have.
No, I have not.
Present Perfect Continuous Question examples
- Has it been snowing all day? Yes, it has.
- Have you been waiting long? No, I haven’t.
- Have you been playing tennis? Yes, I have.
- Have you been getting up early? Yes, I have.
- Has your wife been helping you? Yes, she has.
- Have you been going to the gym? No, I haven’t.
- Have you been reading for an hour? Yes, I have.
- Has your father working hard recently? No, he hasn’t.
- Have we been learning English tenses? Yes, we have.
- Has she been living with the dwarfs lately? No, she hasn’t.
- You’re out of breath. Have you been running? Yes, I have.
- Has she been planning to catch me since you left? Yes, she has.
- Have your parents been sleeping since 9 PM? No, they haven’t.
- Half of my chips are gone. Has someone been eating them? Yes, it has.
Present Perfect Continuous WH Question Form
WH + Have or has + Subject + been + base Verb [Verb 1] with ing + complement + ?.
Present Perfect Continuous WH Question examples
- How has he been doing? He has been doing well.
- How long have you been driving? Since I was 17.
- what have you been doing lately? I have been studying.
- Where have you been? I’ve been looking for you everywhere.
- How long has it been raining? It has been raining for an hour.
- What have you been doing lately? I’ve been revising for my exam.
- How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching for 18 years.
- Where has your brother been traveling? He has been traveling in Europe.
- How long have you been learning Arabic? I’ve been learning Arabic for 2 years.
- How long have you been writing books? I have been writing books since 2014.
- How long have you been learning English? I’ve been learning English for 3 years.
- How long have you been working there? I have been working there for 7 years.
- How long have your parents been married? They have been married for 24 years.
- Why has your son been feeling sad? He has been feeling sad, because his cat died.
- How long has your son been reading that book? He has been reading for two hours.
- How long have they been playing tennis? They’ve been playing tennis for an hour.
- How long have you been selling mobile phones? I have been selling phones since 2011.
- Where have you been? Have you been playing tennis? No, I haven’t. I have been reading.