2. Present Perfect, Present Perfect Continuous + First Conditional

2. Present Perfect, Present Perfect Continuous + First Conditional

Where shall we go on holiday?

Main practice:  Present Perfect / Present Perfect Continuous + First Conditional
Revision:            for ages / for years  -  to fancy  -  what about…?  -  how about…?

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.

for ages - a long time, relative to context, i.e.                    
  • She hasn't had a holiday for ages.             could mean 3 years
  • I haven't seen Jane for ages.                       could mean 6 months
  • I haven't bought a newspaper for ages.    could mean two months.

luxury  -  describes very comfortable, usually exensive surrounding, i.e. 
  • We stayed in a luxury (or luxurious) hotel.

to fancy - to want or feel like something. Followed by ing or a noun or noun phrase, i.e.
  • I fancy seeing a movie tonight.
  • I fancy a long walk this afternoon.

(a) resort  -  a place where people go on holiday.

take off  -  (Phrasal Verb) various meanings, in this conversation it simply means, to go, i.e.
  • Let's take off somewhere hot for a week this winter.
  • She took off for the South of France yesterday. 

what about…? / how about...? - to make a suggestion. Followed by a noun or ing, i.e.
- Where shall we meet?
- What about / how about at the station?
  • What about /  how about visiting your parents this weekend?


Bill and Sam are discussng where to go on holiday and wonder if their children, Katie and Tim, would enjoy seeing Venice?

Put the verbs in Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous 

Bill:  Well, where shall we go on holiday this year?

Sam: How about Sicily, there? I quite fancy having a luxury villa in Sicily.

Bill:  Too hot, Sam. What about north Italy, to see Venice for ages?

Sam: Would the kids enjoy it, though? about wanting a
           beach holiday for a long time.

Bill:  Well, all right, then. Let's go to Spain, but one of the quieter resorts.

Sam: But to Spain so many times, Bill. I know, let's go to a
           beach resort in north Italy. The kids will be happy and you and I 
           can take off for Venice for one or two days on our own.

Bill:   Right, okay, good idea.

Fill the gaps with Present Perfect, Present Perfect Continuous or the First Conditional. Here the Present Perfect Continuous is used to focus on the action. 

- How're you feeling?

- Tired. (I) (work) all night.

- How long (work) at
   the restaurant?

- Eleven months but now (I) (have) enough. It's too tiring and
   the pay is bad.

- But you stay one more month the manager give you a
   permanent contract and get better pay.

- Yes, but not much better. No, (I) (decide) I want to leave.