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Present Perfect continues and simple (I have been doing and I have done)


present perfect conti nuous.

I’ve been painting my bedroom.

There is paint on Tom’s clothes.

He has been painting her bedroom.

Has been painting is the present perfect continuous.

We are thinking of the activity. It does not

matter whether it has been finished or not.

In this example, the activity (painting the

bedroom) has not been finished.

  present perfect simple

I’ve painted my bedroom.

His bedroom was yellow. Now it is green.

He has painted his bedroom.

Has painted is the present perfect simple.

Here, the important thing is that something has been finished . Has painted is a completed

action. We are interested in the result of the activity (the painted bedroom), not the activity itself.

  present perfect continuous.

 My hands are very dirty. I’ve been

repairing your bike.

Ellen has been eating too much recently.

She should eat less.

It’s nice to see you again. What have

you been doing since we last met?

Where have you been? Have you been

playing football?

We use the continuous to say how long (for something that is still happening):

How long have you been writing that later?

Ben is writing emails. He’s been

writing emails all morning.

We’ve been playing football since

3 o’clock.

I’m learning France, but I haven’t been

Learning it very long.

 Present perfect simple

My bike is OK again now. I’ve

repaired it.

Somebody has eaten all the

chocolates. The box is empty.

Where’s the notebook I gave you? What

have you done with it?

Have you ever played football?

We use the simple to say how much, how many or how many times:

How much of that book have you read?

Ben is writing emails. He’s sent lots of

emails this morning.

We’ve played football two times this Month.

I’m learning France, but I haven’t learnt very much yet.

Some verbs (for example, know/Like/ believe) are not normally used in the continuous:

I’ve known about the problem for a long time. (not I’ve been knowing)

How long have you had that pen? (not have you been having)

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