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Present Perfect Continuous Tense

The present perfect continuous tense is also known as the present perfect progressive tense. From the sentence, It shows that anything started in the past is still continuing in the present time. The present perfect continuous is formed using structure Subject+ has/have+been+ the present participle(V3)+ ing.


  • I have been reading this book last 5 hours.
  • She has been working last 2 days.
  • They have been going through the map.

From the first present continuous tense you can understand that sentense conveys that reading Book is an activity that began in past but still continue, not yet finished.

From the sencond sentense A girl is working last “2 days” which started in past but still she is working.

Formula Present Perfect Continuous Tense

Subject + (have/has) + been + verb(V1 ing) + object

Here, with the moral verbs (have/has), “been” is added. And verb (ing) is in the present participle from the verb.

For is used to represent time length in the past, and since it is employed in a sentence, it is used to describe a point in time in the past.

In the present perfect continuous tense “Have” is used in the second person like he, she, it respectively. “Has” can be used for the second person “I, we, you, they” respectively.

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past perfect continuous tense

Example: They have been going by road last 6 hours.

Examples of Present Perfect Continuous

  1. They have been working on this since March. (positive) 
  2. They haven’t been working on this since March. (negative)
  3. Have they been working on this since March? (interrogative)

What is present perfect continuous with examples?

The present perfect continuous represents an activity or circumstance that began in the past (often recently) and continues in the present.

What is the formula of Present Perfect Continuous interrogative?

The formula for changing these statements to interrogative sentences is to add have/has at the beginning of the sentence, followed by ‘you’ + ‘been,’ and the rest of the rule remains the same. Have you been + ‘you’ + verb (1st form) with ‘ing’ + object (optional) since / for how long?

When should I use present perfect continuous?

To emphasize the completion of a recent event, we employ the present perfect simple with action verbs. We use the present perfect continuous to discuss ongoing events or actions that began in the past and are still ongoing now.

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