Present Perfect Continuous Tense



Present Perfect Continuous Tense :



Look at the following sentences.

1. Meena has been living with us since five years.

2. Mrs. Verma has been teaching Geography for the last sixteen years.

3. Ever since you went out of the city, your dog has been refusing to eat.

All the words that are in bold are in the present perfect continuous tense.

The present perfect continuous tense is used to talk about an action that began in the past and is going on till the present.

For example :

I have been learning Hindustani music since I was ten years old.

The present perfect continuous tense is used to talk about an action that began in the past and has just ended.

For example :

1. We have been greeting the guests all morning, we want a break now.

2. Can you please help me? I have been trying to solve this problem since morning.

3. I think it is time to go home. The children have been swimming in the pool for quite some time now.

4. That tree has been sheding leaves the whole of last week. There are very few leaves left now.

5. We have been doing our work in this manner all these years.

6. Come on. Get up. You have been sleeping the whole afternoon.

7. The telephone has been ringing for so long. Why have you not answered it?

8. Akshay’s dog has been whining the whole afternoon. It must be really sick.

9. Utsav have been typing afternoon. No wonder his fingers are aching now.

10. The Shettys have been living in this house all their lives. We cannot ask them to leave now.

11. India has been having a democratic government since she got her independence in 1947.



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