present perfect and present perfect continuous examples in English 71

Lesson 71


1/ Sentence Practice

I have been studying languages for some time and I’ve been trying to compare different grammar systems.

So far I’ve done English, French, and Spanish.

I’ve been awarded a scholarship to study modern languages at university.

I’ve just received confirmation of my place there.

What! When did you organise all that?

When do you think you are going to start?

I will tell you more when I have finished packing.

You are packing to go to university and you really leaving as quickly as that?

No, I’m packing for the weekend away in the country. I do not start the university course until October.

I’ve been wondering what to take with me but I just can’t decide.

What are you going to study exactly?

Modern Languages but I am not sure what modules exactly.

I won’t take the final decision until I’ve been thinking about it for at least a couple of days.

It is quite an upheaval.

Since I decided to quit my job and go back to University, I have been at a loose end

I’ve tried putting my feet up but I just end up worrying about nothing.

I thought that once I’ve recharged my batteries I could start my new academic career.

Instead, I’ve been watching the television all day and every day, I turned into couch potato

I have too much time on my hands and I don’t know what to do with it.

Even though I have the web page the majority of the work is automated.

It ticks along by itself.

At least you are going to do something that you have thought about.

Everything I’ve done recently has been on a whim, I never seem to plan ahead anymore.

I’ve even been thinking about going to a spa and really letting my hair down.

Unfortunately, I’m not exactly the life and soul of the party, and it would not be fair to the others.

I need to do something new they say that a change is as good as a rest.

Studying is nothing like working but they say that variety is the spice of life.

I have set my heart on a walking holiday in the Pyrenees.

Where about in the Pyrenees? On the French side or the Spanish side? Nearer to the Atlantic or the Mediterranean?

Neither nor, I am going to Andorra to walk up the Coma Pedrosa which is nearly 3000 meters high.

Oh yes, that is a principality, a tiny place. I think it is the fourth smallest country in Europe.

I went there on a skiing holiday a few years ago and I saw a brochure for summer walking holidays.

It is quite cheap, the only problem being is that you cannot fly there.

You have to fly to Toulouse or Barcelona and then get a coach. It is about three hours from the airport.

It will be worth the effort I am sure.


2/Vocabulary Practice

  • I say that I agree with you not that
  • You deny it not
  • He disagrees not
  • Thinking
  • We believe not
  • We consider not
  • I doubt not
  • to expect
  • to imagine
  • to know
  • to mean
  • to realise
  • to suppose
  • to suspect
  • to understand
  • Existence
  • to exist
  • emotions
  • to adore
  • to appeal
  • to appreciate
  • to desire
  • to despise
  • to detest
  • to dislike
  • to envy
  • to fear
  • to feel
  • to forgive
  • to hate
  • to like
  • to love
  • to mind
  • to need
  • pity
  • to prefer
  • to satisfy
  • to trust
  • to want
  • to wish
  • perception
  • to appear
  • to hear
  • to look
  • to notice
  • to recognise
  • to resemble
  • to taste
  • Possession and relationships between things
  • to belong
  • to concern
  • to consist
  • to contain
  • to cost
  • to depend
  • to include
  • to involve
  • to lack
  • to measure
  • to owe
  • to own
  • possesses
  • to suit
  • to weigh
  • to be at a loose end
  • putting my feet up
  • I’ve recharged my batteries
  • to turn into a couch potato
  • too much time on my hands
  • on a whim
  • the life and soul of the party
  • a change is as good as a rest
  • variety is the spice of life
  • I have set my heart on


Present perfect and Present perfect continuous.

Present perfect.


  1.  Finished action in the past with result in the present:

She has lost her bag.

I have lost my wallet.

  1. life experiences:

Have you ever been to Japan before?

Has she already tasted your cottage pie?

Have you been to London yet?

Has he visited China?

  1. accomplishments:

Man has walked on the Moon.

Man has built the Great Pyramids.

  1. changes over time:

He has become more confident lately.

We have become more frugal over the last few years.

Your English has improved since last time we met.

Our puppy has grown a lot in the past six months.

5.multiple actions at different times:

I have watched this movie several times.

She has seen the doctor twice this month.

We have had three exams so far.

Since moving to this city, I have eaten here twice.

  1. unfinished actions – duration from the past until now:

I have lived in Spain for ten years.

I have known him for five years.

He has been teaching English since 2017.

I have had a cold for a week.

  1. Recently completed actions:

I have just received news from them.

It has just arrived through the post.

  1. Uncompleted action that is expected to happen:

She hasn’t given us any homework yet.

He still hasn’t arrived.

We still have not received the parcel.

I haven’t finished eating my lunch yet.

Signal words:

The following  signal words, time prepositions, time adverbs are used with the present perfect simple tense:

before, never, up to now, lately, just, already, not yet, how often, until now.


I have already booked my flight.

I have just spoken to him.

I have been to the States several times before.

I have never seen this film.

I have not spoken with him lately.

Up to now I have never wanted to travel there.

I have not eaten there yet.

How often have you practised this week?

Present perfect continuous.


  1. when we focus on the duration of an action in the past:

I have been learning for 4 years.

  1. when the action is recent:

He has been practising a lot lately.

  1. when the influence of the action is still felt in the present:

I have been feeling ill this week.

Signal Words that are used with the present perfect continuous:


the whole





Examples with present perfect continuous:

I have been listening all the time.

During the whole journey I have been listening to music.

I have been wondering what to study for a while.

Since I left university I have been looking for a job.

I have been looking for a new flat recently .

I have been feeling unwell lately.

Be careful:

  1. Review the spelling of the past participle
  2. Non continuous verbs can’t be used in this tense: “to have” (I have been having a good time.  WRONG , I have had a good time. CORRECT, I had a good time, CORRECT.
  3. Get practice placing the adverb in your sentence using the present perfect continuous.

And do also be careful with the present perfect simple as often students confuse these tenses! Review time ,Present Perfect Simple!

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

When did you plan your holiday?

I didn’t plan it, I did it on a whim.

Have you tried putting your feet up?

I have tried but I am still tired.

How do you recharge your batteries?

I go for long walks and I go to bed early.

Have you been wondering how they knew?

Yes, and it bothers me.

When were you going to tell me?

I was about to tell you when you asked me.

What happened,? You used to be the life and soul of the party.

I don’t know I suppose I changed.

Where were you studying?

I was studying Law at Keele university.

How many visits have you made to England?

Three or four, I cannot remember exactly.

Are you busy at the present time?

No, I have time on my hands.

Have you made up your mind?

Not yet, I am still thinking it over.


Hi, let’s discover some consonant sounds together. ger, your tongue is initially up touching the back of your palate then it drops by moving back and down releasing air. go, galaxy, ghost, guest, exaggerated, guitar, goat. 
Let’s repeat air. go, galaxy, ghost, guest, exaggerated, guitar, goat.

Now test time, how would you pronounce these words?

The answer is, grapes dialogue, jet lag.
That’s it for today see you soon.

Exercises Lesson 71

Comprehension Practice

Vocabulary Practice

Grammar Practice