The present perfect continuous can be used for an action that has just stopped, but has a present result, for example: I have been gardening (my hands are covered in soil) or it has been raining (the streets are wet). My question is: if there has been a party which has finished but there are still empty glasses and bottles everywhere, is it possible to say "they have been having a party"? The party has finished but there is a result in the present.

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    There has been a party here, you can tell from the mess.
    – TimR
    Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 22:36

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Yes. That would be a correct use of the present perfect continuous, for the reasons that you give.

  • Seeing the mess. Can I either use present perfect or present perfect continuous:(1) They have been having a party there. (2) There has been a party here.?
    – LE123
    Commented Apr 7, 2023 at 2:50

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