Present perfect continuous tense
|Structure of present perfect continuous|
|I have (I've) been living here for two years.
He has (he's) been waiting for you.
|Have you been living here for a long time?
What has she been doing?
|I have not (haven't) been waiting for long.
He has not (hasn't) 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 -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.|