Present Perfect Continuous Tense Tricks

Hello friends today we are going to learn about the present perfect continuous tense in this article. After going through this article you can definitely differentiate between the present continuous tense and the present perfect tense.

There is only a slight difference in their uses but an immense change in their formation thus it is very important to learn how to use both of them to speak grammatically accurate English.  Let’s start it now without further delay.

Present Perfect Continuous tense Structure

This tense is made up of you 2 tenses.

        1.    Present Perfect Tense

        2.    Present Continuous Tense

When both of these tenses come together, they form another tense which is popularly known as the present perfect continuous tense. It accepts both of their identities and shows them in a single sentence.

Formation: First as per its name the present perfect comes first hence we make the sentence in the present perfect tense and then add the continuous at the last. Finally, it becomes the present perfect continuous tense.

Statement: (Subject + Has / Have + been + V1 + ING + Since / For)

Negative : {Subject + (Has / Have) Not + been + V1 + ING + Since / For}

Interrogative: (W.H.F + Has / Have+ Sub + been + V1 + ING + Since / For + ?)

Have:- I, we, you, they, people, students, (Plural)

Has:- She, he, it, Jackson, Raju (Singular)

When we add ING to an action verb, it is called a present particle form. There are a few precautions that one must keep in mind to do so.

        ·      When an action verb ends with ‘E’ letter at the last we remove ‘E’ and put ‘ING’ at the last.

Dance + ING  = Danceing (Incorrect)

Dance + ING  = Dancing (correct)


     ·  CVC Rule:- when an action verb ends with a consonant a verb and finally a consonant, you have to add ING to it. There is a fixed rule for it in English grammar. We double the last letter and put ING to it at the end.
There are some verbs given below to make it clearer through examples.

Cut, Quarrel, Cancel, Hop, Chop, = cutting, hopping, and chopping.

This rule is also applicable to the present continuous tense.

Before you explicate its formation, you must clear it in your mind that you have gone through both the above-mentioned tenses the present continuous and the present perfect tense. In case you don’t know anything about it click on the above hyperlink to learn all the uses with definitions and examples first.

Significant points you must clear in your mind to use this tense.

        ·      The present perfect continuous tense is used when action was started in the past and is still constantly happening in the present.

        ·      The action is still in the continuity and not finished.

Where to use Since and For

I will try to explicate you in a unique form with the help of a trick that covers all the usages of since at once and is more likely to be learned.


Use of For

10 months


long time

2 years

several weeks

a few days


Use of Since

Trick ‘My odd is pcs’














15th August

5th September

1st January




Republic Day





Part of each day





12 o’clock

7 o’clock

9:30 o’clock

states of life




Here are some Present Perfect Continuous Tense Examples to make it obvious to your comprehension.

        1.    I have been working at Concentrix Company for more than 3 years as a customer support executive.

        2.    The people of India have been living an impoverished life since 1947.

        3.    I have not been receiving my salary for almost 8 months timely.

        4.    How long have you been trying to learn English?

        5.    Why hasn’t Mr. Jackson been coming to the park since Monday last?

With the help of the above sentence, you could easily guess how crucial this tense is and how you can use it to make impressive sentences in a moment.

There are several usages wherein you use this tense to make your mark some of them are given here at the below.

     1.    The sentences with time given for Since or For:- when a period of time or a point of time is given using these two words since and for. We always use the present perfect continuous tense.

        ·      All the students have been studying and awaiting the exams for more than almost 2 years.

        ·      I have been indoctrinating students the English grammar and literature since 2018 at the success mirror institute.

        2.    When the action starts with how long or since when:- these identities are used to answer a    question.

        ·      Since when have you been working on this project?

        ·      How long has she been talking to you?

        3.    When an action takes place in the past and has ended completely recently but its effects are still obvious to us.

        ·  It has been raining since morning hence there is nothing but water everywhere.

        ·  I have been practicing present indefinite tense for a long time, I have learned it now.

Present perfect continuous tense Exercises to practice examination-based questions.

1.   She is (A)/ working (B) here since 1983. (C)/ no error (D).

2.   Nalini is living (A) /in Chennai with her (B)/husband and children for 2 years. (C) no error (D).

3.   I have (A) been trying (B)/ to contact him since morning. (C)/ No error (D).

4.  The students (A)/have wait (B)/ for the schools (C)/to reopen for (D) a long time. (E) no error.

5.   He has been stayed in the same home for the last ten years.

a.    Had been stayed

b.   Was staying

c.    Only 1

d.   Only 2

e.    No correction required.

Feel free to answer the above question, In case you make any mistakes you will receive correct answers with a valid reason in response. Thanks for your visit.

2 thoughts on “Present Perfect Continuous Tense Tricks

  1. 1. She is (A)/ working (B) here since 1983.(C)/ no error (D).
    She has been working here since 1983.
    2. Nalini is living (A) /in Chennai with her (B)/husband and children for 2 years. (C) no error (D).
    Nalini has been living in chennai for 2 years with her husband and children.
    3. I have (A) been trying (B)/ to contact him since morning.(C)/ No error (D).
    4. The students (A)/have wait (B)/ for the schools (C)/reopening for (D) a long time. (E) no error.
    The students have been waiting for the school reopening for a long time.

  2. 1) she has been working here since 1983

    2) Nalini has been living in Chennai with her husband and children for 2 years

    3) I have been trying to contact him since morning
    4) the students have been waiting for the school reopening a long time.

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