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Present Perfect Continuous

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Filomena Ferreira

on 29 December 2012

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Transcript of Present Perfect Continuous

We use the present perfect continuous when the focus is on an activity that is unfinished. I’ve been decorating the house this summer. I’ve painted the living room blue. Look at these 2 sentences: The focus is on the action – decorating – and the action is unfinished. The focus is on the finished result.
The activity is finished but we can see the result now. Present Perfect Continuous Look at these 2 sentences: I’ve read that book you lent me. I finished it yesterday. I’ve been reading that book you lent me. I’ve got another 50 pages to read. The present perfect simple (I’ve read) gives the idea of completion while the present perfect continuous (I’ve been reading) suggests that something is unfinished. Look at these 2 sentences: She's been writing emails for 3 hours She has written 10 messages The present perfect continuous (has been writing) talks about how long something has been happening. The present perfect simple (has written) talks about how much/how many have been completed. Look at these 2 sentences: I’ve worked here for 30 years I usually work in London but I’ve been working in Birmingham for the last 3 weeks. We can use the present perfect simple to talk about how long when we view something as permanent. But the present perfect continuous is often used to show that something is temporary. As well as the present perfect simple, we can use the present perfect continuous tense to talk about events with a connection to the present
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