Present Perfect Continuous

Present Perfect Continuous (Present Perfect Progressive) – the present perfect continuous tense in English. Usually used to describe an action that started in the past and has recently finished or is still in progress. The Present Perfect Continuous is formed using the auxiliary verb to be in the Present Perfect (have been, has been ) and a verb ending in -ing.

Present Perfect Continuous
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for 3 days


Actions that started in the past and continue in the present

Action began in the past and has just stopped

Actions that have just finished, but we are interested in the results

How long the action has been happening

have/has + been + infinitive + ing

The general scheme of using the Present Perfect Continuous on the example of the verb – to work

I/You/We/They have been workingI/You/We/They haven’t been workingHave I/You/We/They been working?
He/She/It has been workingHe/She/It hasn’t been workingHas He/She/It been working?

For convenience, you can use the abbreviated form:

  • have not been –  haven’t been
  • has not been hasn’t been
  • I have beenI’ve been


  • Has she been running?
  • I’ve been looking for you a whole hour
  • We’ve understood everything
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