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Form of the Present Perfect Continuous

How do we form the Present Perfect Continuous?

We form the Present Perfect Continuous with havebeen and the verb with the ending ing.

have/has + been infinitive + ing

has → 3rd person singular (he, she, it)
have → all other forms

1. Affirmative sentences in the Present Perfect Continuous

  • have been watching television.
  • You have been watching television.
  • He has been watching television.
  • She has been watching television.
  • It has been watching television.
  • We have been watching television.
  • You have been watching television.
  • They have been watching television.

► We use has in the 3rd person singular (he, she, it).

2. Negative sentences in the Present Perfect Continuous

  • I have not been watching television.
  • You have not been watching television.
  • He has not been watching television.
  • She has not been watching television.
  • It has not been watching television.
  • We have not been watching television.
  • You have not been watching television.
  • They have not been watching television.

► We use has + not in the 3rd person singular (he, she, it).

3. Questions in the Present Perfect Continuous

  • Have I been watching television?
  • Have you been watching television?
  • Has he been watching television?
  • Has she been watching television?
  • Has it been watching television?
  • Have we been watching television?
  • Have you been watching television?
  • Have they been watching television?

► We use has in the 3rd person singular (he, she, it).

Short/contracted forms in the Present Perfect Continuous