English Grammer
Hello everyone. Hope you are well.
I have a question from native English speakers.
are the present perfect continious and past perfect continious only used to mention the duration of the activity or are there others concepts which we can use these tenses?
for example I have been waiting for her for 2 hours, and I had been studying for 1 hour
Thank you in advance
Jun 10, 2020 9:39 AM
Comments · 4
Hello Zahra! I'm a native-speaker born in Russia, but living in South Africa. I like your question and I like English tenses. They seem complicated until you figure out the logic behind it. Then it becomes clear.

So as for Present Perfect Continuous shows that something started in the past and has continued up until now. You don't have to mention the duration of the activity, but there often is an indication of the moment when it started.

<em>It has been raining since Tuesday.</em> - no duration indicated, but we know that since Tuesday and up until now the weather has been rainy. 'Since Tuesday" is an indication when it started.


<em>What have you been doing? - I have been cooking.</em> - again, no indication of duration. But we know that up until right now the person has been cooking for a certain length of time. The activity started in the past and is still going on or just finished.

I hope this helps. If you have more grammar questions, please feel free to book a lesson with me, I'm good at explanations. Here is a link to my profile <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a>;
June 10, 2020
Hello Lily
Thank you so much. I am grateful
June 10, 2020
Hello Hannah
Thank you so much for the explanation. I appreciate it. I also wanted to know whether the present perfect continious and past perfect continous are used in concepts other than mentioning the duration
thank you
June 10, 2020
Hi Zahra,

No, it is not necessary to include duration when using these tenses in a sentence (e.g. "when I was living in London, I used to go to the pub every Friday"). There is no need to indicate how long you were living there for. Equally for the present continous, 'I am studying Portuguese' , it is a continuous form with no timeframe required.
Does that answer your question?
June 10, 2020
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