(Also Called Present Perfect Continuous). The present perfect progressive is a form of the verb that shows the action started in the past and continued up until.

Click on the answer you think is correct.In some examples two answers may be possible but one is more natural than the other. This natural one is the correct answer.
a) didn't eat
b) haven't ate
c) haven’t eaten
d) have been eating
2. Their new kitchen looks fantastic. They _____ completely _____ it.
a) have _____ been redecorating
b) have _____ redecorated
c) already _____ redecorated
d) didn't _____ redecorated
3. Our kitchen’s a mess. We____________ any cleaning for weeks.
a) didn't do
b) haven't been doing
c) have done
d) haven't done
4. I think they are dating. They____________ a lot of each other recently.
a) had seen
b) haven't been seeing
c) have been seeing
d) have seen
5. We've discovered this great café and we_____________ there a lot.
a) have been going
b) have gone
c) are going
d) have went
a) had seen
b) haven't seen
c) haven't been seeing
d) didn't see
7. You're covered in paint! What __________ you __________?
a) have _____ done
b) were _____ doing
c) did _____ do
d) have _____ been doing
8. She’s gone to the doctor's. She ______________ too well lately.
a) hasn't felt
b) hasn't been feeling
c) has felt
d) doesn't feel
a) have waited
b) waited
c) was waiting
d) have been waiting
10. I have to write an essay. I__________ about half of it so far.
a) have written
b) have been writing
c) wrote
d) have to write

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Present Perfect Continuous

The present perfect progressive expresses an action that recently stopped or is still going on. It puts emphasis on the duration or course of the action.

Form of Present Perfect Progressive

I / you / we / theyI have been speaking.I have not been speaking.Have I been speaking?
he / she / itHe has been speaking.He has not been speaking.Has he been speaking?

Exceptions in Spelling

Exceptions in spelling when adding ingExample
final e is dropped
(but: ee is not changed)
come – coming
(but: agree – agreeing)
after a short, stressed vowel, the final consonant is doubledsit – sitting
l as final consonant after a vowel is doubled (in British English)travel – travelling
final ie becomes ylie – lying

Use of Present Perfect Progressive

  • puts emphasis on the duration or course of an action (not the result)

    Example: She has been writing for two hours.

  • action that recently stopped or is still going on

    Example: I have been living here since 2001.

  • finished action that influenced the present

    Example: I have been working all afternoon.

Signal Words of Present Perfect Progressive

  • all day, for 4 years, since 1993, how long?, the whole week

Exercises on Present Perfect Progressive

Tests on Present Perfect Progressive

  • Present Perfect Progressive: Level 2 • Level 3

Comparison with other Tenses

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