Ben’s Grammar Tip of the Week

The Present Perfect Continuous

Last week we had a look at the Present Perfect Simple. This week, we’ve decided to introduce you to its cousin: “The Present Perfect Continuous”.

With Present Perfect Continuous, we focus on the length of time or activity: How long

For example:

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In the picture above, we see a man fishing. How many fish has he caught? We don’t know.

How long has he been fishing? He has been fishing for four hours!


The Present Perfect Simple focuses on the result: How much, How many.

For example:

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In the picture above, we can see a man who is fishing. He has caught three fish.

How long has he been fishing? That is right, we do not know.

How many fish has he caught? That is right, he has caught 3 fish!


 

Useful tips:

  • If you see for/since it is usually Present Perfect Continuous.
  • If it is a state verb use Present Perfect Simple.
  • Live, work and study can be either continuous or simple with no change in          meaning.

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