Present Perfect Continuous Revision:
Present Perfect - for agesNotes:
Present Perfect Continuous - have + been + ing
Focus on the action, i.e.- I've been baking cakes.
An incomplete action, i.e.- I've been writing the reports. I've only got three more to do.
Focus on how long, i.e.- She's been watching TV for an hour.
A temporary situation, i.e.- He's been working at a clothes shop this summer but now he's going to university.Vocabulary
- a) to emphasise an extreme adjective; b) a strong ‘yes', i.e. a) The house was absolutely huge.b) - Are you going to vote in the election? - Absolutely.
- a long time, relative to context, i.e.
- I haven't been to a cinema for ages. (Could mean a year or more.)
- I haven't seen John for ages. (Could mean a few months if the speaker used to see John
regularly.) looking forward to
- enjoying the thought of something happening in the future, i.e.- My train arrives at three.- I'll meet you at the station. I'm so looking forward to seeing you again. You poor thing
- an expression of sympathy (informal), i.e.- When I got there the shop had closed. Then I had to walk home and it poured with rain.- Oh, you poor thing. You're soaking wet. Come on, I'll make you a cup of tea. (a) review
- an opinion in the media about a film, play, book…etc. i.e.
- We should see it. The movie's got very good reviews.
- all of that item has been sold, i.e.- A copy of the Times, please. - Sorry, we've sold out. We have all the other newspapers, though.
- (informal) a) to be trapped somewhere; b) to not give up with something, i.e. a) The lift broke down, we were stuck in it for two hours. b) He didn't like the biology course but he stuck at it.