Present Perfect Continuous English Grammar Lesson (with Video & Infographic)

Have you been studying present perfect continuous grammar for months or even years? Are you still confused?

Here’s a fun English lesson to help you learn, understand and use the present perfect continuous tense!

When and why we use the present perfect continuous tense

Actions that began in the past and are still in progress in the present moment.

We use the present perfect continuous tense when talking about something that started in the past and has continued up until now (i.e. an unfinished action).

“For three hours,” “for six weeks,” and “since last month” are all durations which can be used with the present perfect continuous.

Examples of the present perfect continuous tense:

We have been talking on the phone for three hours!

She has been working at the school since last year. 

I have been working out for two hours.

We have been waiting for Maria all day (and we are still waiting now).

Juan has been working on this English homework since 9am this morning (and he still hasn’t finished it).

Jane and Sarah have been travelling in Indian since last January (and they still haven’t seen all of it).

How to Form the Present Perfect Continuous

The present perfect continuous consists of the present perfect of the verb ‘to be’ (have/has been) and the present participle of the main verb (base+ing).

Subject – has/have been – base+ing

She/he/we/I – has/have been – working

Affirmative: They have been / They’ve been working/travelling/running

Negative: She hasn’t been running.

Interrogative: Has he been sleeping? / How long has he been sleeping?

Interrogative negative: Hasn’t he been working today?

present perfect continuous English grammar infographic

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Have you been studying present perfect continuous grammar for months or even years? Are you still confused? Here's a fun English lesson to help you learn, understand and use the present perfect continuous tense!
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