-Present Perfect Continuous Tense:
Activities that started in the past and continue up until now and possibly will continue in the future too is called Present Perfect Continuous Tense.
-How to Form Present Perfect Continuous Tense:
-Present Perfect Continuous Tense Examples:
- We have been digging a well for two hours.
- He has been riding a horse since morning.
- My brother has been suffering from fever since Friday last.
- Has he been studying in the same class for two years?
- I have been writing emails since breakfast.
- I have been working in my flower garden all the morning.
- His father has been working in a government office for twenty years.
- He has been learning Frence for three years.
- The dog has been sitting by my side since tea time.
- I have been trying to buy a house for two years.
- I have been looking at this beautiful scenery for five minutes.
- He has been talking about politics for the last twenty minutes.
- How long have you been waiting for me?
- They are tired because they have been working in the agriculture field.
- I have been chopping wood at the orphanage for a long time.
- She has been saving every penny she can for months.
- I have been working as a teacher of English for ten years.
- He has been teaching English for fifteen years.
- It has been raining since 8 a.m.
- We have been listening to the music all afternoon.
- William has been hitting the gym since March 1st.
- He has been refusing my offer since I made it.
- I have been writing a book on English Grammar.
- They have been talking for the last hour.
- My brother has been working at that company for three years.
- What have you been doing for the last 20 minutes?
- What have you been doing since graduating?
- Mark has been teaching at the university since June.
- My parents have been waiting here for over one hours.
-Difference between Present Continuous and Present Perfect Continuous Tense:
Any action/work which is going on now, and which is supposed to be completed in a short period of time is usually expressed in Present Continuous Tense. On the other hand, Present Perfect ContinuousTense is about any work that has been going on for a long time and it is not known when it will be finished in the future is usually expressed in the Present Perfect Continuous Tense. This is the main difference between Present Continuous Tense and Present Perfect Continuous Tense.
Another difference is that we normally do not use the word ‘for’ or ‘since’ with Present Continuous Tense, but it is completely okay to use ‘for’ to mean ‘the length of time up to now’, and ‘since’ to denote ‘from some definite period or point in the past’.
- I have not seen my friend for a month. [denotes a length of time till now.]
- I have not seen my friend since January. [‘from some definite point in the past’.]
These are all about Present Perfect Continuous Tense Examples. Practice it to make yourself perfect in using this tense in your writing and speaking.