Hello naturals. Hello English students. Welcome to go natural English.
I'm your American English teacher, Gabby.
And today I'm going to show you the easy way to understand the difference
between the English Grammar tenses, present perfect and present,
perfect, continuous or progressive. Now,
in many traditional English textbooks, this is very confusing and unclear,
but it doesn't have to be.
And I'm going to show you today with clear examples and a quiz to test your
So make sure to stay to the end so that you know if you clearly understand the
Now this is a great question from one of you Hamas.
Christopher, thank you so much for asking.
What is the difference between the present perfect grammar tense in English and
the present perfect continuous grammar tense in English.
This was a question that you asked in the comments of last week's Q and a or
question and answer Tuesday here on the go natural English Youtube Channel.
So I encourage you all to ask your questions in the comments and as part of the
quiz I'm also going to ask you to comment your answers to some questions using
the present. Perfect and the present. Perfect. Continuous,
so get ready to type because I want to see your English writing skills.
Okay. If you're ready to understand the difference, then let's begin.
Perfect is formed by using have plus the past part of school.
For example, I have lived in Japan,
I have taught English at universities abroad and in the United States I have
I think you get the idea so we use the present perfect to talk about
It is very useful if you are in an interview and you want to talk about your
professional work experience in English.
It's also for non habitual actions to show an action that you have done once or
perhaps more than once, but we don't use.
This tends to talk about things that we do every day on a continual basis.
It's not for special actions.
Things that stand out a bit,
special experiences or accomplishments.
The present perfect is also used to talk about actions in the past that have a
relationship to today to the present moment to the context or the topic that
you're talking about.
This tense is also used to describe something that happened in the past at an
indefinite time, so be careful.
A common mistake is to use the present perfect with a specific time in the past.
You don't want to do that. Do not say,
I have eaten breakfast this morning.
That is incorrect to say this correctly.
Simply say I've eaten breakfast or if you really want to say this morning,
use the simple past tense.
I ate breakfast this morning and the present past continuous is formed with have
or has plus the present participle or the ING form of the verb.
I have been eating a lot of Sushi or I have been teaching English for a long
Now we use the past present continuous or progressive English tense to show
something that is more habitual, more continuous.
It could be something that you continue to do on a daily basis.
It emphasizes duration or the amount of time that the action has been taking
If someone as to how long have you been doing something or living somewhere you
want to respond with the same present perfect continuous tents,
for example. How long have you been living in the United States?
I have been living here, or I've been living here for a year.
This time is all about emphasizing the duration or amount of time,
and a quick note for both of these tenses that I mentioned just now about
pronunciation is that native speakers will often contract.
I have into, I've,
so I highly suggest when using these tenses to say I've if you want to sound a
bit more native and natural when you speak English.
Another common mistake in the present perfect continuous tense is to use a
specific time in the past. You don't want to say, for example,
I have been eating breakfast yesterday.
This is not correct first because it's a specific time yesterday and second,
because that indicates that yesterday is already finished and the present
perfect continuous is for actions that are continuing into the present moment.
Let's look at more examples. The present. Perfect.
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Let's test your understanding.
I'd like you to tell me the correct answer and tell me your own answer.
Your own creative answer in your own words, in the comments below.
So my question for you is what have you been up to lately?
Which answer would be more correct?
I have been working a lot or I have worked a lot.
If you said the first answer, I've been working a lot. You are right.
When did you move to the United States?
I have been living in the United States for a year or I have lived in the United
States for a year. Okay. Actually both of these answers are generally correct,
but the first one is better because it emphasizes duration and the question was
really asking about how long have you been living in the United States even
though the question was when did you move? Well,
the intention is asking about how long or the amount of time that you have lived
in the United States. Alternatively,
you could simply say I moved here in 2019 but since we're talking about the
present perfect and the present perfect, continuous,
I wanted to give you an example with that.
So I have been living here in the United States for a year would be the best way
to answer. How long have you been in your present job?
I've been working in my present job four or five years or I have worked in my
present job for five years. Now again,
the question is asking about duration, the amount of time.
So the first answer is the best one. Although both are correct.
There is a subtle difference. Now, I would love to see your answers.
So tell me in the comments, your answers for these three questions. Number one,
what have you been up to lately? I mean,
what have you been doing lately these days recently? Number two,
how long have you been living in the United States?
Or if you don't live in the United States, tell me where you do live.
And number three,
how long have you been in your present job or position or career?
So tell me in the comments because I want to get to know you better.
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