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Present perfect continuous

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Present perfect continuous

  1. 1. PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS I have been doing… She has been doing… Have you been doing..?
  2. 2. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? <ul><li>I’ve moved 15 times in 10 years. </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve been studying English all my life. </li></ul>
  3. 3. ANSWER <ul><li>I have moved 15 times in 10 years. </li></ul><ul><li> In my life (in the past, but I don’t say when) </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve been studying English all my life. </li></ul><ul><li> I started in the past and I continue studying nowadays. </li></ul>
  4. 4. WE USE the PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS TO: <ul><li>Talk about long actions which began in the past and continue up to the present. </li></ul><ul><li>Ex. I’ve been learning English for 3 years. </li></ul>
  5. 5. WE ALSO USE the PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS TO: <ul><li>Talk about long actions that started in the past and have just finished. </li></ul><ul><li>Ex. I have been cleaning my room all morning. </li></ul><ul><li>We normally use the this tense with expressions such as: </li></ul><ul><li>All morning, all evening, all day... </li></ul>
  6. 6. TO USE THE PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS… <ul><li>BECAUSE THEY REFER TO LONG/REPEATED ACTIONS THE VERBS HAVE TO BE ACTION VERBS </li></ul><ul><li>Ex. I have been teaching Maths for 20 years. </li></ul><ul><li>But NOT : I have been knowing Susan for 20 years. </li></ul>
  7. 7. RIGHT OR WRONG? <ul><li>She has been doing homework all evening. </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve sung this song all day. </li></ul><ul><li>I have been having a dog since I was little. </li></ul><ul><li>She has been playing football all morning. </li></ul><ul><li>We have been knowing each other for years. </li></ul>
  8. 8. ANSWERS <ul><li>She has been doing homework all evening.  </li></ul><ul><li>I have been singing this song all day. </li></ul><ul><li>I have had a dog since I was little. </li></ul><ul><li>She has been playing football all morning.  </li></ul><ul><li>We have known each other for years. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Exceptions! <ul><li>With the verbs to live and to work you can use both PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE or CONTINUOUS to refer to an action that started in the past and continues up to the present: </li></ul><ul><li>Ex. I have lived here for 20 years. </li></ul><ul><li>I have been living here for 20 years. </li></ul>

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