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

SUBJECT HAVE BEEN/ HAS BEEN VERB + ing REST OF THE SENTENCE
I have been waiting for an hour.
You have been waiting for an hour.
He has been waiting for an hour.
Tom has been waiting for an hour.
The boy has been waiting for an hour.
She has been waiting for an hour.
Anna has been waiting for an hour.
The girl has been waiting for an hour.
We have been waiting for an hour.
You have been waiting for an hour.
They have been waiting for an hour.
The children have been waiting for 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

SUBJECT HAVE NOT BEEN / HAS NOT BEEN VERB + ing REST OF THE SENTENCE
I have not been living in Paris since March.
You have not been living in Paris since March.
He has not been living in Paris since March.
Tom has not been living in Paris since March.
The boy has not been living in Paris since March.
She has not been living in Paris since March.
Anna has not been living in Paris since March.
The girl has not been living in Paris since March.
We have not been living in Paris since March.
You have not been living in Paris since March.
They have not been living in Paris since March.
The children have not been living in 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 / HAS SUBJECT BEEN VERB + ing REST OF THE SENTENCE
Have I been working hard for the last three days?
Have you been working hard for the last three days?
Has he been working hard for the last three days?
Has Tom been working hard for the last three days?
Has the boy been working hard for the last three days?
Has she been working hard for the last three days?
Has Anna been working hard for the last three days?
Has the girl been working hard for the last three days?
Have we been working hard for the last three days?
Have you been working hard for the last three days?
Have they been working hard for the last three days?
Have the men been working hard 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

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