He has been studying all week.
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The Perfect Progressive Tenses

Formula: have + been + (verb)-ing (present participle)

Definition: The perfect progressive tenses say that an event is happening immediately before, up to, until another time or event. The tenses are used to say the length of time of the first event.

Definition

Present Perfect Progressive: States the length of time an action has been happening up to the present time.


Past Progressive: States the length of time an action happened in the past.



Future Progressive: States the length of time an action will happen in the future.

Examples

I have been studying for three hours.



I had been studying for two hours before I stopped for lunch.


I will be studying when they arrive.

Explanation

He/she started studying in the past and has continued studying up to the present.
*How Long? For three hours.

An event that had taken place in the past for a certain length of time, and ended before another event in the past.


An event that will happen in the future for a certain length of time and will end before another event in the future.


He is wearing an airplane.
He will be learning how to fly when we arrive.


Writing Exercises: Review of the Tenses
  Writing Exercise 1: Please use paper and pencil to complete this exercise. Use either simple present or present progressive to change the words in parenthesis to the correct form. The first sentence has been completed for you.
Example: Mike cannot come outside because he (clean) is cleaning his room.
1.

Mike (clean)  __________ his room everyday.

2.

Ashley (sleep) __________ right now, can you come back later?

3.

It (rain) __________ a lot in Seattle.

4.
Seth (run) __________ everyday after school.
5.
 It (snow) __________ in Ohio.
6.

I (watch) __________ TV everyday after school.

7.

She (run) __________ errands everyday between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

8.

It is (hail) __________ right now in Florida.

9.

The volcano has lava (flow) __________ out of the top.

10.
I (bike) __________ to work on Fridays.
   
 

Exercise 2: Use past perfect to change the words in parenthesis to the correct form.

1.

I (study) __________ the information before I took my driving test.

2. I (clean) __________ my room three days ago.
3. She (sleep) __________ for two hours before I came in and woke her up.
4. He (look) __________ at the material before he took the test.
5.

My boss (ask) __________ me to work yesterday, so I cannot go to the mall today.

   
 

Exercise 3: Use future progressive to change the words in parenthesis to the correct form.

1. I (work) __________ today, so come by and visit me.
2. I (call) __________ you after school.
3. I (discuss) __________ this with your father after school.
4. She (study) __________ all afternoon.
5.

She (talk) __________ to the professor after class.


 

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