Present Perfect Continuous Tense with examples

Present Perfect Continuous Tense With Example

I have been singing

How we make Present Perfect Continuous Tense?

Here are the structure of the present perfect continuous tense:

subject

auxiliary verb   =  Have been / Has been

main verb  =  base form+ing

These are the some examples of the present perfect continuous tense:

Sentence subject auxiliary verb auxiliary verb main verb
+ I have been waiting for two hour.
+ You have been talking too much.
It has not been raining.
We have not been playing cricket.
? Have you been seeing her?
? Have they been doing their work?

Contractions

When we use this tense i mean present perfect continuous tense in speaking, we often use contract form the subject and the first auxiliary. And also sometimes we use  this in informal writing.

I have been I’ve been
You have been You’ve been
He has been

She has been

It has been

John has been

The car has been

He’s been

She’s been

It’s been

John’s been

The car’s been

We have been We’ve been
They have been They’ve been

Here are the Present Perfect Continuous tense examples:

  • I’ve been watching.
  • We’ve been playing football for two hours.
  • The car’s been giving trouble.

How we use the Present Perfect Continuous Tense?

This tense called the present perfect continuous tense. There is a connection with the present time. There are  two uses for this present perfect continuous tense:

1. Action which is just stopped or recently stopped.

We use this tense to talk about an action which is started in the past and stopped now or recently.

I’m tired because I’ve been walking or running.
past present future
                       !!!
Recent action. Result now.
  • I’m tired [now] because I‘ve been walking or running.
  • You don’t understand [now] cause you haven’t been listening me.

2. An action continuing up to now

We use this tense to talk about an action which is started in the past and is continuing now. And also it is often used with for or since.

I have been studying for 2 hours.
                      past                                   present                                 future
Action started in past. Action is continuing now.
  • I have been studying for 2 hours. [I am still studying now.]
  • We‘ve been running since 9 o’clock. [We’re still running now.]
  • How long have you been learning spoken English? [You are still learning now.]
  • We have not been drunk. [And we are not drunking now.]

 

How we use For and Since with Present Perfect Continuous Tense

We often use for and since with the present perfect tense here are the some example.

  • We often use for to talk about a period of time—10 minutes, 3 weeks, 5 years.
  • We often use since to talk about a point in past time—8 o’clock, 3st January, Monday.
for since
period of time point in the past time
10 minutes 7.15pm
three days friday
3 months January
6 years 1997
1 centuries 1700
a long time I left school
ever beginning of time
etc etc
  • I have been studying for 3 hours. [I am still studying now.]
  • We‘ve been running since 9 o’clock. [We’re still running now.]
  • How long have you been learning spoken English? [You are still learning now.]
  • We have not been drunking. [And we are not drunking now.]
  • So this is For and Since with Present Perfect Continuous Tense

Present Perfect Continuous tense examples:

  • I have been reading for 3 hours.
  • I have been watching movie since
  • Saba hasn’t been feeling well for 3 weeks.
  • Saba hasn’t been visiting us since
  • He has been playing hockey for a long time.
  • He has been living in Pakistan since he left school.

 

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