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Present Perfect Continuous vs Present Perfect SimplePresentation Transcript
Present Perfect ContinuousMy clothes are covered in paint. I have beenpainting the fence.In this case it does not matter whether somethinghas been finished or not. We are more interested inthe activity.We also use the continuous tense to ask or say howlong (for an activity that is still happening):E.g. How long have you been reading that book?
Present Perfect SimpleThe fence was grey. Now it is white. I havepainted the fence.In this case the important thing is that somethinghas been finished. ‘Has painted’ is a completeaction. We are interested in the result of theactivity, not in the activity itself.We also use the simple tense to ask or say howmany times (for completed actions):E.g. How many pages of that book have youread?