Perfect Continuous Tense – Structure & Usage

In this segment of Tense, we shall cover Present Perfect Continuous, Past Perfect Continuous and Future Perfect Continuous Tense. Earlier we have covered Indefinite, Continuous and Perfect tenses. After covering the Perfect Continuous Tense, we shall provide you with Practice Sets containing Sentences related with Tenses for the competitive Exams in which they form the part of Common Error Portion.

Perfect continuous Tense is made of Perfect Tense and Continuous Tense. The action had started at some point of time and is still on. Let us do its tense-wise use from below –

Present Perfect Continuous Tense –

It refers to the action in the present tense.

Structure – Sub + has/have + been + V1 + ing + Obj + Since / For + time.

Since is used with point of time such as – Morning, Evening, Last Night, Name of days ( Sunday, Monday etc ) , Months ( January, February etc ), Years ( 2001, 2002), any date ( 29th of Dec. 2014 ), any season ( Winter, summer etc ) etc.

For is used for period of time – Two minutes, Two days, Two months, Two years etc.

e.g. Children have been playing since morning.

It has been raining for two hours.

Past Perfect Continuous Tense –

It refers to the action in the past tense.

Structure – Sub + had + been + V1 + ing + Obj + Since / For + time.

e.g. The teacher had been teaching for the last half an hour.

I had been waiting for you for half an hour.

Future Perfect Continuous Tense –

It refers to the action in the future tense.

Structure – Sub + will/shall + have + been + V1 + ing + Obj + Since / For + time.

e.g. She will have been cooking food since morning.

They will have been playing for fifteen minutes.

Updated: November 6, 2015 — 5:28 pm

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