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 Lesson Seventeen

The Present Perfect Continuous Tense and the Past Perfect Continuous Tense

We have studied the present perfect continuous tense before,

but here it is again one more time:

S + has or have + been + _______ing

I have been riding the same bike for the last eight years.

Singular
Plural
I have been riding
We have been riding
You have been riding
You have been riding
He has been riding
She has been riding
They have been riding
It has been riding

....and the past perfect continuous here for the first time:

S + had + been + ______ing

Singular
Plural
I had been working
We had been working
You had been working
You had been working
He had been working
She had been working
They had been working
It had been working

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In the pictures below, notice the words with the "ing" endings. Those are the main verbs in continuous forms.

I had been working on my house all day before I sat down to play my guitar.

I have been studying the guitar for many years.

teacher

After you had been working all day, you went home to study English on the internet. You have been studying English for only a few years.

 

nguyen

He had been having a good day until a thief came into his apartment, took all his money, and tied him up.

man tied up

She had been swimming for a long time before she got out of the pool.

 

girl in water

This little penguin had been living in Antarctica before he was captured and brought to this zoo.

penguin

We had been communicating with each other online before we stopped to take a break.We have been using the internet as a means for communication for many years.

teacher

mei yang

I + you = we

You had been playing soccer but then your friend came by and you stopped.
students
They had been working for many years, but then they retired.

older couple

 

 

Note: If the past perfect continuous tense is too hard, just use the past continuous tense. Very few Americans know the difference.

 

Next: Lesson 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

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