Form of the Present Perfect Progressive

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How do we form the Present Perfect Progressive?

We form the Present Perfect Progressive with have, been and the verb with the ending -ing.

have/has + been + infinitive + -ing

has → 3rd person singular (he, she, it)
have → all other forms

1. Affirmative sentences in the Present Perfect Progressive

  • I have been playing with a ball.
  • You have been playing with a ball.
  • He has been playing with a ball.
  • She has been playing with a ball.
  • It has been playing with a ball.
  • We have been playing with a ball.
  • You have been playing with a ball.
  • They have been playing with a ball.

► We use has in the 3rd person singular (he, she, it).

2. Negative sentences in the Present Perfect Progressive

  • I have not been playing with a ball.
  • You have not been playing with a ball.
  • He has not been playing with a ball.
  • She has not been playing with a ball.
  • It has not been playing with a ball.
  • We have not been playing with a ball.
  • You have not been playing with a ball.
  • They have not been playing with a ball.

► We use has + not in the 3rd person singular (he, she, it).

3. Questions in the Present Perfect Progressive

  • Have I been playing with a ball?
  • Have you been playing with a ball?
  • Has he been playing with a ball?
  • Has she been playing with a ball?
  • Has it been playing with a ball?
  • Have we been playing with a ball?
  • Have you been playing with a ball?
  • Have they been playing with a ball?

► We use has in the 3rd person singular (he, she, it).

Short/contracted forms in the Present Perfect Progressive


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