Present Perfect Continuous Tense

Present Perfect Continuous/Imperfect/Progressive Tense

Present Perfect Continuous Tense shows the action started in the past and is still continued at the time of speaking. In this tense, the form of ‘have’ is used with ‘been’ and ‘Present Participle’ of verbThis is also called as Perfect imperfect or perfect progressive present tense

We should use form of have according to the subject of sentence.

Let’s see-

Use of have in present perfect continuous tense

In this tense, we use the form of have in present tense. We have seen in perfect present tense that there are two forms of have.

In these sentences we should use-

  • have been with present participle
  • has been with present participle

In this sentence-

  • For subject I, we, you and  they, we use ‘have been’
  • For subject he, she, it or any singular numbered third person, we use ‘has been’

Now, we shall take an example with three persons in tabular form.

Present Perfect continuous Tense- Example

In this table, we took an example of present perfect continuous tense. We have taken first, second and third person with singular and plural form. We have used the form of have according to subject.
Let's have a look-
PersonSingular NumberPlural Number
1stI have been learning.We have been learning.
2ndYou have been learning.You have been learning
3rdHe has been learning.They have been learning.
She has been learning.They have been learning.
It has been learning.They have been learning.

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