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Present Perfect Continuous

Present Perfect Continuous

The Present Perfect Continuous (or Present Perfect Progressive) describes a continuing situation and actions that happened in the recent past.

 

Present Perfect Continuous Form:

has

have

+

been + ~ing

 

For example:

Continuing situation

I have been living in Japan for six years.

 

I have lived in Japan for six years.

The action started in the past and has continued up until now. It may also continue in the future. The meaning is sometimes no different than the Present Perfect tense.

Lately, recently

I have been crying.

An action that happened in the recent past which has a present result. 

 

There are some words that can't be used to describe a continuing situation:

Break

Buy

Die

Find

Have

Know

Like

Lose

Love

Start

Stop

 

See also:

The activity Kate has been doing a lot of work in her garden this afternoon from Play Games With English: Book Two.

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