The present perfect continuous

The present perfect continuous is used to talk about a continuing activity in the past that still has an effect on the present moment. It usually refers to the recent past.

The present perfect continuous

The present perfect continuous is used to talk about a continuing activity in the past that still has an effect on the present moment. It usually refers to the recent past.

 

THE PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS

The present perfect continuous describes an activity that took place over a period of time in the recent past. The activity might just have stopped or might still be happening.

Some more examples:

I've been cooking this evening. Now I have to do the dishes.

He's been waiting for the bus for an hour. He is going to be late for work.

THE PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS AND THE PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE

The present perfect continuous is used to show that an activity in the past was in progress. It is possible that the activity is still taking place.

Some more examples:

I've been cooking dinner. It will be ready soon.

Vicky has been running today. Now she's really tired!

I've been eating too much cake. I must eat less!

We've been looking at houses. We want to move.

 

The present perfect simple is used to show that an activity in the past is finished.

Some more examples:

I've cooked dinner. It's ready now.

Vicky has just run a race. Now she's receiving a medal.

I've eaten all the cake. The plate is empty.

We've bought a new house. We're moving in June.