Tenses & Timelines: Perfect Continuous Form-Present*

Tenses & Timelines: Present Perfect Continuous

April 4, 2019

Native English Instructor

Written by Douglas Shaw

It is the least used form of present tense. Present perfect continuous is used to indicate an action that began in the past and is still occurring in the present. Both present perfect and present perfect continuous can be used to indicate this type of action:

present perfect continuous

Present perfect continuous is often used to describe how long something has been happening up to now.

By adding (for / since)

  • for: a length of time
  • since: a point in time

Subject + have/has + been + [verb + ing] +.


  • I have been working since 5.00 AM
  • We have been married together for sixteen years.

This tense can also refer to an event that may or  may not be finished when it’s effect can be seen now.


  • Look! It’s been raining.

It’s not necessarily raining now, but you can see the effect (the roads are wet).