How to form and use the Present Perfect Progressive?
By now, you already know that every simple tense form has its progressive counterpart. So, obviously, there must be one for the present perfect simple.
You guessed it right. There is one, and it is called the present perfect progressive.
WHY USE THE PRESENT PERFECT PROGRESSIVE?
Like every progressive tense, the present perfect progressive is used for an action in progress over a period of time. But, because of its perfect aspect, it is used for an action over the period of time leading up to the present.
You can often see that the present perfect progressive appears with time expressions such as recently, lately, this week, since, for the last couple of days, etc.
When it comes to the form of the present perfect progressive, you’ll see that it is so simple to form it. Just remember to pay attention to the spelling of the ing-form.
· To form the present perfect progressive, we have the present of have + been + ing-form.
I have been playing tennis since two o’clock.
o Remember! I/you/we/you/they have, but he/she/it has.
· To make a positive sentence we have:
the subject + have/has + been + the main verb in the ing-form + the object
I have been playing tennis for a while now.
· To make a negative sentence we have:
the subject + have/has + not + been + the main verb in the ing-form + the object
I have not been playing tennis for a while now.
o We can contract have not/has not into haven’t/hasn’t.
· To make an interrogative sentence we have:
Have/Has + the subject + been + the main verb in the ing-form + the object
Have I been playing tennis for a while now?
Keep reading and learn MORE TIPS TO IMPROVE your English Grammar.
Do you remember the spelling tips mentioned in the past progressive post? Here are some:
· We double b, g, l, m, n, p, r, t.
· Only consonants in stressed syllables are doubled!
· We double consonants when the words end in a consonant after a vowel.
See? Simple and easy :)
Uses of the Present Perfect Continuous !
Lets learn about some of the uses of the present perfect continuous
I’m going to explain to you 3 main uses of the present perfect progressive:
1. We can use the present perfect progressive for an action or a situation which started in the past and is still going on.