Present Perfect Continuous Tense
The present perfect continuous tense is used to describe an action that started in the past and is still happening in the present or has just finished.
Positive: subject + have/has been + verb-ing
Negative: subject + have/has not been + verb-ing
Question: Have/Has + subject + been + verb-ing
1. To describe an action that started in the past and is still happening in the present
- I have been living in this city for five years.
- She hasn’t been working there since last year.
- Have they been playing tennis for an hour?
2. To describe a recently completed action that has a connection to the present
- I have been cleaning the house all day, so I’m tired.
- She hasn’t been studying very hard, so she might fail the exam.
- Have they been renovating their house? It looks amazing.
3. To express a repeated action that has been happening in the past up until the present
- I have been taking yoga classes every Saturday for six months.
- She hasn’t been watching TV for weeks.
- Have they been practising their Italian every day for a month?