Present Perfect Continuous

The present perfect continuous shows actions that occur in the past but continues up till now. In other words, there is a duration or a period of time. The words for, since and when are used to indicate duration.  Look at the examples given below:

Present Perfect Continuous timeline

Present Perfect Continuous timeline

Past actions till now

  1. He has been staring at that girl for 5 minutes.
  2. You’re late. We have been waiting since 10:00 AM.
  3. Lately, I’ve been eating takeaways (or takeouts) as my parents are away.

Take note that in the present perfect continuous tense, you have to use the phrase “has/have been” followed a verb with “-ing“. In addition, notice that the word lately is also used as well to show duration.


Posted on July 8, 2009, in Verb Tenses and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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