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PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE OR CONTINUOUS

We use the present perfect continuous/progressive to talk about an action or situations which began in the
past and are still happening or have just stopped. It is often used with how long, for and since.
E.g.: The journalist has been working very hard this week.

I. Put the verbs in brackets in either the Present Perfect Simple or the Present Perfect Continuous.
1.

I (take) a French course for 5 months and the teacher says I am a fast learner.

2. A) Someone (leave) the ladder outside, look. I expect thats Brain. He


(clean) windows. And I dont think he (finish) yet.
3. Jessy (take) driving lessons and next week she is going to take a driving test.
4. I (live) in Sues flat and when I find a new house, I will move.
5. Please dont go in. I just (sweep) the flour.
6. I (eat) 8 chocolates up to now.
7. A- Are you hungry?

B- No, Im not. I (eat) chocolates all day.

8. The young children (make) a snowman all morning.


9. I (break) my arms twice within 2 years.
10. Im tired. I (play) tennis all afternoon.

II. Choose the correct form of the verb:


1) I (have had/ have been) having some family problems lately.
2) She (has loved / has been) loving chocolate since she was a child.
3) It (has snowed / has been) snowing a lot this week.
4) (Have you studied / have you been studying) hard this semester?
5) How long (have you been/ have you been being) in town.
6) I (have read/ have been reading) this book all afternoon.

IV. Complete the sentences by means of the present perfect continuous:


A) He (try) to find a better job.
B) Where has Susan been? I (look) for her for the last two hours.
C) They (live) here since they got married.
D) We (work) together for many years.
E) She (learn) French for three years now.
F) How long you (wait) for us?
G) I (take) a shower since three days ago.
H) you (eat) properly these days?

III. Complete with the correct form of the verbs using either Present Perfect tense or Present Perfect
Continuous.
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Linda (travel) around Europe for three months.


She (visit) six countries so far.
Jimmy (play) since he was five years old.
He (win) the national championship four times.
Bill and Andy (make) ten films since they left college.
They (make) films for many years now.
Look! Somebody (break) the window.
I (read) the book you gave all morning.
But I (not finish) it yet.
Sorry Im late. Thats all right. I (not wait) for a long time.
Peter (clean) the windows for some time.
So far he (clean) five of them and there are two more to go.
My brother is an actor. He (appear) in several films.
I (learn) Chinese for two years now.

V. Write the interrogative form for each of the following sentences.


Ruby has been eating too much fried food for the last two weeks?
I have been watching TV since 5pm because I have nothing to do.
Tamara has been studying seriously for 5 hours.
Pele has been playing football for a long time.
We have been waiting for him for over an hour!

VI. A Busy Year. What have you been doing since the beginning of the year or marking period? List between five
and ten activities. Then, share your answers with the rest of the group.

VII. Secret Charades. Students are given some index cards. Then, every student has to come to the front of the
class and acts out a daily activity while the rest of the class tries to figure out what it is. The goal is to try to
guess what the student have been doing using the present perfect progressive.

VIII. Song Activity. The famous song by Depeche Mode is used to illustrate the usage of Present Continuous,
Present and Present Perfect Continuous. After listening, fill in the gaps paying close attention to these tenses.
If youve from love
If youve from love
I can understand where you're coming from
I can understand where you're (coming/running) from
If you've enough
If you've enough
I can understand what you're (thinking/bringing) of
I can see the pain that you're frightened of
And I'm only here to (bring/give) you free love
Let's make it clear. That this is free love
No hidden catch. No strings attached
Just free .
No hidden catch. No strings attached
Just free love.
Ive like you
Ive like you
Now you understand why I'm running scared
Now you understand why I'm running scared
And Im only here

Then let it slip away


Let go of complicated feelings
Then there's no price to (pay/pray)
Weve from love
Weve from love
And we don't know what we're doing here
No we don't (know/love) what we're doing here
We're only here
Sharing our free love
Let's (make/take) it clear
That this is free love
No hidden .
No strings attached
Just free love
No hidden catch
No strings attached
Just free love

(love, been running, suffered,


been hiding)

Hey girl
You've got to take this moment

IX. Reading Comprehension. Read and then answer the questions using the present continuous when possible.

Ive been sitting on the beach and eating an ice-cream. Alice and Paul have been swimming in the sea and Tom has been in
the park. Hes been playing with a friend. Peter has been listening to the radio and reading. Weve been having a
fantastic holiday. Abercwm is a little fishing village in north Wales with a park, a castle, some Roman remains and some
lovely gardens, and theres a little fishing port with a lighthouse. Everybody here has been really friendly since we came
here. I think weve been very lucky. This is our second holiday this year and weve been doing just what we have wanted to
do. Weve been sleeping, eating and playing games during all this time. The food has been lovely too.

1) Whats the author of the text been doing?


2) What have Alice and Paul been doing?
3) What has Peter been doing?
4) Where has Tom been?
5) Wheres Abercwm?

Vocabulary: Remains= Ruinas; Fishing Village= Pueblito pesquero; Lighthouse= Faro; Lucky= Con suerte; Friendly= Amigable;
Castle= Castillo; Garden = Jardn; holiday=Vacaciones; lovely= encantador.