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Emphasizing Duration with the Present Perfect Continuous

The present perfect continuous is especially useful for putting emphasis on the length of time that has passed while something is happening. What is the present perfect continuous verb in the following sentence? "They have been studying for three weeks for this exam." More...
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Emphasizing Duration with the Present Perfect Continuous
The present perfect continuous is especially useful for putting emphasis on the length of time that has passed while something is happening. What is the present perfect continuous verb in the following sentence? "They have been studying for three weeks for this exam."
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Present Perfect Continuous Tense



This tense is used when we wish to refer to an action that started sometime in the past and is still continuing.


So if I say that I have been working in this institution as a teacher of English since 2005 it means that from 2005 I have been a teacher of English here and even now I am working in the same capacity.


Sometimes it can also refer to an action which started sometime in the past and since then has been continuingly taking place and has just been completed.
For instance, I see a student of mine who is sweating profusely and I ask him,

'Hey! Why are you sweating? What have you been doing?'

His reply could be, 'I have been running, sir!'

Here the action can be considered to have been completed.


This tense can be formed with has been/ have been and the present participle or' -ing' form of the verb given.

For example,
He ( sing ) for hours
The answer here would be :

'has been singing'


It is the present perfect continuous that is used with the time phrases ' since' and ' for '.
So it would be incorrect to say or write:
He is singing since this morning ( or for hours)
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Emphasizing Duration with the Present Perfect Continuous
The present perfect continuous is especially useful for putting emphasis on the length of time that has passed while something is happening. What is the present perfect continuous verb in the following sentence? "They have been studying for three weeks for this exam."
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