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Present Perfect Progressive Level: elementaryLevel 1

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

 PositiveNegativeQuestion
I / you / we / they I have been speaking. I have not been speaking. Have I been speaking?
he / she / it He 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 doubled sit – sitting
l as final consonant after a vowel is doubled (in British English) travel – travelling
final ie becomes y lie – lying

Use of Present Perfect Progressive

Signal Words of Present Perfect Progressive

Exercises on Present Perfect Progressive

Tests on Present Perfect Progressive

Comparison with other Tenses

Changed: 05th Mar 2014 15:08

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