Present perfect continuous tense

Structure of present perfect continuous
positive negative question
I / you / we / they
have been working
I / you / we / they
haven’t been working
I / you / we / they
been working?
he / she / it
has been working
he / she / it
hasn’t been working
he / she / it
been working?
Present perfect continuous – common mistakes
Common mistakes Correct version Why?
It has been rain heavily all day. It has been raining heavily all day. The structure of the present perfect continuous is have/has + been + verb + -ing.
I have sat here for two hours. I have been sitting here for two hours. Verbs such as sit, wait, speak, etc. (‘non-stative’ verbs) suggest continuity and so are mostly used in the continuous (-ing) form.
I have worked here for five years.
I have been working here for five years.
When BOTH the simple and continuous forms are possible, native speakers prefer to use the continuous.


  1. karthik.k - September 16, 2015, 12:50 pm Reply

    Only few examble in this wed more example please

  2. rosanna - September 16, 2015, 3:02 pm Reply

    I like the explanation of this site..the gammar rules are clear and they help me to improve my basic English.
    Best regards

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