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6 Present perfect continuous

Present perfect continuous

6 Present perfect continuous
6.1 Form
It's formed with the verb TO HAVE plus BEEN plus the -ING form of the verb.

*Affirmative:
-I have been working/I've been working.

*Interrogative:
-Have I been working?

*Negative:
-I have not been working/I haven't been working.

6.2 Use
i) It expresses an action that may or may not be finished.
-We've been studying.

ii) It emphasises the period of time something has taken.
-We've been studying all day.

iii) It can express situations which began in the past and continue into the present.
-I've been working here for two months.

iv) In many instances it's interchangeable with the present perfect simple.


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