1.To talk about an action which has happened over a period of time. 2.To talk about an action which has recently finished and has a result in the present. 3.To talk about an action which is still happening, or has recently finished.
In pairs, ask and answer questions about what you have been doing in the last two weeks. Use these ideas to help you: go to the gym go to the gym play a sport play a sport study for exam study for exam look after younger look after younger brother/sister brother/sister earn money earn money
Work with a partner. Take turns to guess what led to the situations in the pictures. Think of as many possibilities as you can. Use the present perfect continuous.
We use for and since to talk about the length of the action. We use for and since to talk about the length of the action. Complete using for and since: We use (1)____to say when an action started and (2)____to say how long the action took.
1.I / study / first aid (for / since) last year. 2.One student / not feel / well (for / since) a few days. 3.I / try / to ring my parents (for / since) ages. 4.What / you / do / in the library (for / since) so long. 5.We / learn / how to climb (for / since) 1 st August. 6.I / wonder / what job to do (for / since) a long time. Write sentences using for and since and the verb in the present perfect continuous form.
The present perfect continuous makes the action important, and says how long its been continuing. The present perfect simple makes the result important, and says how many times something has happened.
1.Weve been writing letter. Weve written ten letters today. 2.Ive been going to the theatre recently. Ive been to the theatre three times.
1.Steven Spielberg has directed/has been directing over twenty films. 2. He has worked/has been working on a new since February. 3. Oxford University Press has published/ has been publishing thousands of books. 4. They have published/ have been publishing for hundreds of years. 5. Madonna has recorded/ has been recording albums for more than two decades. 6. She has recorded/ has been recording at least ten hit records.
study for a teststudy for a test learn about someone or something interestinglearn about someone or something interesting practice somethingpractice something work on a special projectwork on a special project