Present Perfect Continuous Tense : Definition, Useful Examples & Excercise 1

Present Perfect Continuous Tense : Definition, Useful Examples & Excercise

Present perfect continuous in English and present perfect continuous examples. Learn the definition and how to form the present perfect continuous tense with useful examples and ESL printable infographics.

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

Present Perfect Continuous Definition

In the present perfect continuous tense, the action has been taking place for some time and is still ongoing. The duration for which the action has been going on is usually mentioned in the present perfect continuous tense.

Forming the Present Perfect Continuous

Positive Statements | Present Perfect Continuous

SUBJECTHAVE BEEN/ HAS BEENVERB + ingREST OF THE SENTENCE
Ihave beenwaitingfor an hour.
Youhave beenwaitingfor an hour.
Hehas beenwaitingfor an hour.
Tomhas beenwaitingfor an hour.
The boyhas beenwaitingfor an hour.
Shehas beenwaitingfor an hour.
Annahas beenwaitingfor an hour.
The girlhas beenwaitingfor an hour.
Wehave beenwaitingfor an hour.
Youhave beenwaitingfor an hour.
Theyhave beenwaitingfor an hour.
The childrenhave beenwaitingfor an hour.

Notice that we use:

  • ‘have been’ with the subjects ‘I’, ‘You’, ‘We’ and ‘They’
  • ‘has been’ with the subjects ‘He’ and ‘She’

The verb form remains the same for all subjects.

Negative Statements | Present Perfect Continuous

SUBJECTHAVE NOT BEEN / HAS NOT BEENVERB + ingREST OF THE SENTENCE
Ihave not beenlivingin Paris since March.
Youhave not beenlivingin Paris since March.
Hehas not beenlivingin Paris since March.
Tomhas not beenlivingin Paris since March.
The boyhas not beenlivingin Paris since March.
Shehas not beenlivingin Paris since March.
Annahas not beenlivingin Paris since March.
The girlhas not beenlivingin Paris since March.
Wehave not beenlivingin Paris since March.
Youhave not beenlivingin Paris since March.
Theyhave not beenlivingin Paris since March.
The childrenhave not beenlivingin Paris since March.

Notice that we use:

  • ‘have not been’ with the subjects ‘I’, ‘You’, ‘We’ and ‘They’
  • ‘has not been’ with the subjects ‘He’ and ‘She’

The verb form remains the same for all subjects.

 Interrogative Statements / Questions | Present Perfect Continuous

HAVE / HASSUBJECTBEENVERB + ingREST OF THE SENTENCE
HaveIbeenworkinghard for the last three days?
Haveyoubeenworkinghard for the last three days?
Hashebeenworkinghard for the last three days?
HasTombeenworkinghard for the last three days?
Hasthe boybeenworkinghard for the last three days?
Hasshebeenworkinghard for the last three days?
HasAnnabeenworkinghard for the last three days?
Hasthe girlbeenworkinghard for the last three days?
Havewebeenworkinghard for the last three days?
Haveyoubeenworkinghard for the last three days?
Havetheybeenworkinghard for the last three days?
Havethe menbeenworkinghard for the last three days?

Notice that we use:

  • ‘have’ with the subjects ‘I’, ‘You’, ‘We’ and ‘They’
  • ‘has’ with the subjects ‘He’ and ‘She’

The verb form remains the same for all subjects.

Present Perfect Continuous Chart

Present Perfect Continuous

Present Perfect Continuous

Present Perfect Continuous

Present Perfect Continuous Exercise

Present Perfect Continuous Tense : Definition, Useful Examples & Excercise 2

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