Present Perfect, Present Perfect Continuous Revision: Notes:Present Perfect - have / has + past participle
The aspects of the Present Perfect in this conversation are:For a recent action, i.e.
For an action begun in the past,continuing up to and including the present, i.e.
- I've bought a new computer.
- He's passed his driving test.
Present Perfect Continuous - have + been + ingFocus on the action, i.e.I've been cleaning the car.
- I've thought about this problem a lot.
- He's never been happy about his daughter living abroad.
An incomplete action, i.e.
I've been painting the kitchen. It's nearly finished, only one more wall to do.
Focus on how long something takes, i.e.
You've been playing computer games for two hours. Stop now, please.
A temporary situation, i.e.
She's been studying in Paris but she's coming back to London next month.
- Used here to introduce a change of subject, i.e. ...so it wasn't really a great party. Anyway, how are things with you?how about
- used here to mean: concerning this… - I never borrow money.- Really? How about that time you borrowed twenty pounds off me to buy Susie a present?hanging out
- (Phrasal Verb - informal): relaxing with friends or family, i.e.- What did you do last night?- Oh, I was just hanging out with friends in the park.