English Grammar Present Perfect Continuous
Learn English Present Perfect Continuous Grammar

Grammar Level 3- Lesson Thirteen

In this grammar lesson, you learn about Present Perfect Continuous in English and how to use it in your English conversation and writing. Just follow examples and write them down a few times to learn them very well. After finishing this lesson, you should work on its quiz.

Grammar Recap

In our previous lesson, we covered the Perfect Modals If you just landed on this page, we suggest that you complete our previous lesson including its quizzes before continuing on this lesson.

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The Present Perfect Continuous Tense

 

Subject + has / have + been + _______ing

 

This is similar to the present perfect tense except that the action is continuous. It describes something that starts in the past and continues into the present.
I have been teaching English for almost 20 years.

I started teaching English 20 years ago.

I’m still teaching English now.

You have been studying English.

How long have you been studying?

He’s been playing the guitar for about an hour.

(He’s = He has)

She’s been talking on the phone with her mother for 40 minutes.

She started the conversation 40 minutes ago.

She’s still talking now.

The cat has been singing all night.
at night

We‘ve been working together.

(We’ve = We have)

You’ve been riding on the bus since 10 a.m. It’s now 10:40 a.m. and you’re still traveling to your destination.

(You’ve = You have)

These apples have been growing all summer and now they’re ripe and ready to be picked. They look delicious.

The present continuous tense is very easy to use and often preferred over the present perfect tense when there is some kind of action. You can go back to the present perfect tense here to compare the two.

 

Quiz for Present Perfect Continuous

Now that you learned your new lesson, it is time to go to the Present Perfect Continuous page and finish your quiz. While working on your quiz, you can always go back to its lesson to refresh your memory.

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Next Grammar Lesson

In our next lesson, we will cover the Perfect Modal Continuous Before moving to the next lesson, we suggest that you complete this lesson including its quizzes.

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