Present Perfect Continuous - One Minute Grammar

Shantel / United Statesflaf

How long have you been living in your area?
Hi. My name is Shantel, and I'm from California. Today's question is how long have you been living in your area?

Well, I have been living in my area for almost two years, and I like to get involved with my community, so I joined a futsal team whom I've been playing with for about three months, and even though I still don't know all the rules for futsal, I have been trying my best to help my team, and also I have been going to the gym for about a year and a half. I love Zumba, so I usually go to the Zumba class about twice a week. 

What about you? How long have you been living in your area?

Grammar Notes

Point 1: We ask questing in the present perfect continuous when we see a friend for the first time in awhile.
  • How have you been doing?
  • I've been doing good.
  • What have you been doing lately?
  • I've been going to school.
Point 2: When something is ongoing over a long time, we use the present perfect continuous.
  1. My company has been losing money.
  2. We have been struggling.
  3. We haven't been doing well.
  4. We haven't been selling many products.
Point 3: We use the present perfect continuous for recent actions as well.
  1. Where have you been?
  2. I've been working in the basement.
  3. I've been trying to reach you for hours.
  4. Sorry. I haven't been checking my phone.
Point 4: Notice the difference between past continuous and present perfect continuous.
  • Where have you been?
  • I was working outside. (I am not now)
  • Where have you been?
  • I've been working outside. (I am still working)
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