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  • 1. [has/have + been + verb -ing]He has been working here since April.She has been eating
  • 2. Duration from the Past until Now (unfinished)Recently, Lately
  • 3. For an action that started in the pastand continues up to the point ofspeaking:We have been waiting here for yousince noon!It has been raining the whole morning!
  • 4. To refer to a series of repeated actionsthat began in the past and continuesto the present:Jane has been complaining of amigraine headache for the past twoweeks.
  • 5. On events that have happenedrecently:Tim has been feeling a little downlately.What have you been doing?
  • 6. When used with signal words such asfor, since, recently and lately:I have been looking for him for over 2years.I haven’t been feeling well lately.Jill has been preparing for the feastsince morning.
  • 7. Are both sentences the same?Miss Tan has been marking assignmentssince 2 p.m.Miss Tan has marked 20 assignmentssince 2 p.m.Present Perfect Continuous -Act of marking is not overPresent Perfect –Act of marking is over
  • 8. - With non- action verbs (e.g. know, be, etc.)use the present perfect simple NOT thepresent perfect continuous with for andsince.I’ve known her for ages. NOT I’ ve beenknowing her for ages.- With live and work you can use the presentperfect simple or continuous with for andsince.I’ve been living here for six months.I’ve lived here for six months.
  • 9. Are both sentences the same?Jenny has been living here since shewas a young girl.Jenny has lived here since she was ayoung girl.Is she still living here? Yes, still.Is she still living here? Yes, up to the point ofspeaking at least.
  • 10. Select the sentences that are expressed correctly.1A)I was waiting at the taxi stand since noon but no taxihas come by so far.1B) I have been waiting at the taxi stand since noon butno taxi has come by so far.2A) Jill has been working at two jobs since her husbandlost his job.2B) Jill worked at two jobs since her husband losthis job.
  • 11. Select the sentences that are expressed correctly.1A)I was waiting at the taxi stand since noon but no taxihas come by so far.1B) I have been waiting at the taxi stand since noon butno taxi has come by so far.2A) Jill has been working at two jobs since her husbandlost his job.2B) Jill worked at two jobs since her husband losthis job.