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Questions tagged [perfect-continuous]

The perfect continuous, also known as the perfect progressive, takes the form "HAVE BEEN + Present Participle." It describes an action that started in the past and has continued to occur until now.

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Is the textbook wrong?

Hi everyone. Thank you for clicking into my question page. In my exercise book, I have a question as follows: It_____and the streets were wet. A. has been raining B.rains C. has rained ...
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Present perfect vs present perfect progressive [duplicate]

We have been living in Saudi Arabia .. We have lived in Saudi Arabia ... What is the difference between them, or they are the same in meaning ? And what do you understand, when you hear ...
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present perfect or present perfect continuous?

If I see a friend with a lot of shopping bags and I want to inquire in a friendly way what they have bought, should I ask: what have you bought? or what have you been buying? Are both possible without ...
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perfect continuous for a completed action

I have cleaned my car : this means I have finished cleaning my entire car and it focuses on the result = clean car I have been cleaning my car: this doesn`t necessarily mean I have finished ...
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Present Perfect Tense vs. Present Perfect Continuous Tense

I have a doubt about using Present Perfect Tense and Present Perfect Continuous Tense in the below example, Catherine works in a bank. She _______ in a bank for five years. I think the correct ...
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Is it possible to use progressive with an indefinite quantity like 'many'?

Imagine that I ordered a book through the net 2 months ago and so far I haven't received it yet. I have been trying to contact the seller but none of my emails has been answered. Right now I ...
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I have been beginning

No problem when "I began to learn English in 2000". But what if "I began to learn English from 2000 till now more times without success". Verb begin something that happens in a moment, not something ...
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Past perfect continuous for a non continuous action

http://www.eltbase.com/get_quiz.php?id=22 Level 3 - Narrative tenses quiz : a creepy story So who...or what...______________ around upstairs? The options are: 1) had walked 2) walked 3) had been ...
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Having deal with “to get used to” and “to be used to”

I know "to get used to" means the process of accustoming whereas "to be used to" means that somebody has done it, this process is finished and now there is nothing unusual connected with this thing, ...
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Using adverbial modifiers (“the whole day” vs “for the whole day”)

I found information that claims natives prefer to say "the whole day" rather than "for the whole day". Since then, I've been wondering what the situations are in which a speaker is more likely to say "...
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Should I revise translated sentences (Present Perfect Continuos)

The first excerpt is: A man ner the window is looking at us. - Yeah, and what of it? - I've been meeting him at the library lately. In this case "lately" inmplies the process of meeting as a ...
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Present Perfect Continuous - effect

Take the following sentence: I have been learning for two hours. Can this imply that I am not learning now? I'm tired and I want this sentence to show the effect that learning has on me. Or it is ...
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Past perfect continuous - Positive, Negative and Question sentences

What is wrong with these sentences in past perfect continuous? If so, how should this be corrected? Both Samantha and Sarah had been waiting all day for a friend arrived. Both Samantha and Sarah had ...
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“Have you ever worked in a …” vs. “Have you ever been working in a …”

Which one of these sentences is right, the perfect simple or the perfect continuous? A: Have you ever worked in a factory? B: No, never! or A: Have you ever been working in a factory? B: No,...
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Does “she has been watching TV” imply starting in past and continuing to present?

Mom! She is not giving me remote, it has been her limit now, she has been watching TV and you are not saying anything. She has been watching TV, that's why the TV looks hot. Does my first sentence ...
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The difference between Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous

Why do we not say: "I've gardened all day", which would be correct if we have finished gardening but we say: "I've been gardening all day"? We seem to do the same with other action words: cook, sew, ...
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Interchangeability of Past Continuous or Past Simple for Present Perfect Continuous

Yesterday an American friend of mine shuttered my world by saying that these three tenses (past continuous, past simple, present perfect continuous) are interchangeable in American English. So if I ...
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“running for an hour ” scenarios

I would like to ask which sentences would a native speaker use for the following scenarios : You have been running for an hour and then you bump into your friends.You both keeps on running without ...
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“Have worn it” or “have been wearing it”?

Please have a look at this sentence (Viv Quarry present perfect answers) When I left school I cut my hair and have worn it short ever since. Will it be possible to use the continuous form "I have ...
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How is this the present perfect continuous?

Pakistan has been slow to embrace the revolution that is the internet. According to present perfect continuous tense, has/have + been + istform + ing is used, but in this case slow is used. I am ...
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“I have been *verb*ing…”: once or many times?

There is someone who drives me crazy using the past perfect to indicate an action that was performed only once, and I understand that it indicates an action performed more than once. For example: I ...
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Can I say “What should be doing these days?” or is that wrong?

Is this right: What should I be doing these days? The answer can be: You should be preparing for your exams these days.