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Unit 9. Present Perfect Continuous (I have been doing)
(настоящее совершенное продолженное время)

It has been raining. Study this example situation:
 
Unit 9. Present Perfect Continuous (I have been doing) Is it raining?
No, but the ground is wet.
It has been raining.
 
Have/ has been -ing is the Present Perfect Continuous:
I/ we/ they/ you have (= I've etc.) been doing
he/ she/ it has (= he's etc.) playing etc.

We use the Present Perfect Continuous for an activity that has recently stopped or just stopped. There is a connection with now: It has been raining for two hours. Study this example situation:
 
Unit 9. Present Perfect Continuous (I have been doing) It is raining now. It began raining two hours ago
and it is still raining.
 
How long has it been raining?
It has been raining for two hours.
 
We often use the present perfect continuous in this way,
especially with how long, for … and since ….
The activity is still happening (as in this example) or
has just stopped.
You can use the Present Perfect Continuous for actions repeated over a period of time: Compare I am doing (see Unit 1. Present Continuous) and I have been doing:
 
Unit 9. Present Perfect Continuous (I have been doing)
  • Don't disturb me now. I'm working.

  •  
  • We need an umbrella. It's raining.
  • Hurry up! We're waiting.
Unit 9. Present Perfect Continuous (I have been doing)
  • I've been working hard, so now
    now I'm going to have a rest.
  • The ground is wet. It's been raining.
  • We've been waiting for an hour.

See Unit 10. Present Perfect Continuous and Simple (I have been doing and I have done) (настоящее совершенное продолженное и настоящее совершенное времена).
See Unit 11. How long have you (been)…? (настоящее совершенное время).
See Unit 12. When…? and How long…? For and since (сравнение Past Simple и Present Perfect).
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