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Present Perfect Continuous Verb Tense

The present perfect continuous tense is used for recent actions.

The action began in the past and has been continuing up until now.  The action may still be going on.

If the action has stopped, the results are seen now.



Form (what it looks like):

Affirmative statements Negative statements   Questions
subject + have/has + been + present participle      



Using the present perfect continuous tense:

1. for an action that has just stopped recently



2. for an action that started in the past and may still be continuing

It has been raining a lot lately.
It has been raining since noon.
It's been raining all afternoon.
Ella is not happy. She has been waiting for her friends for half an hour. I've been working on this page for an hour.
I've been working on this page all morning.