Present perfect continuous tense
|Structure of present perfect continuous|
|I / you / he / she / it / we / they have been working.||I / you / he / she / it / we / they haven’t been working.||Have I / you / he / she / it / we / they 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.|