Present Perfect Continuous


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In this free Grammar lesson you will access:

  1. Grammar Video Tutorial on the present perfect continuous/progressive tense
  2. Objectives of the Lesson
  3. Transcript of the Video in English
  4. Today’s vocabulary
    List of Key Words
  5. Grammar Quizzes: (3 to complete
    I) Mark the Words Grammar Quiz on “Present Perfect Progressive”
    II) Drag the Words Grammar Quiz on “Present Perfect Progressive”
    III) Fill in the blanks Grammar Quiz on “Present Perfect Progressive”

I- Grammar Video Tutorial

Grammar Lesson: Present Perfect Progressive

II- Objectives of the Lesson

Today’s learning goals

In this lesson, Learn English with Julia presents to you “Present Perfect Continuous”, in order for you to:

  • discover p.p. continuous examples
  • differentiate p. p. continuous vs present perfect
  • understand the p. p. continuous tense structure
  • complete some p. p. continuous exercises

III- Video Transcript


English text

Hi and welcome to this video on the p. p. continuous.
Now this is a recap. Why is it called p. p. continuous?
It’s because it contains a present (have), something that makes it perfect (a past participle) and continuous (it contains an -ing Form / a present participle) the present perfect continuous.
It is also called present perfect progressive.
Now let’s look at how its formed in the positive form
we say “I have been learning” or “I’ve been learning” if you prefer the contracted form:

  • you have been learning > you’ve been learning
  • he has been learning >he’s been learning
  • and so on.

The negative form: you can say

  • I have not been learning or I haven’t been learning
  • and so on.

Just watch out for the third person singular: “has”
otherwise it’s always “have”

now the question form
I have given you an example here
Have I not been learning?
I could also say:
Haven’t I been learning? or
Have I been learning? If I use the positive question form

When do I use the present perfect continuous?
I use it for duration or actions in the past that are recent and of which the influence is still felt in the present.
So the duration, we’ll see for example: I have been learning English for four years. For example.
Something recent: we could say: He has been practising a lot lately.
So these were the different signal works that work very well with the present perfect continuous:
all…, the whole…, for…, since… recently, lately…

A few hints now for this class:
Don’t forget that not all the verbs can be used in this particular tense. We can’t say for example: “I have been having a great time”*
You’d have to use another tense and say for example: I’ve had a great time = I have had a great time. So that is the present perfect.
Don’t forget that these words are called non continuous verbs like “to have”. It can’t be used in this tense.
When we have such complex tenses don’t forget where to position your adverb in the sentence.
I also recommend you review the spelling of your present participle.
There’s a video on that so it’ll refresh your knowledge of phonetics and also spelling.

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IV- List of Key Words


Key Words listed in English:

  • present perfect continuous or present perfect progressive
  • past participle
  • present particile or -ING form

V- Grammar Quizzes (3 grammar quizzes to complete)

Today’s Grammar practice

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Present perfect continuous. Grammar for beginners



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