have/has been + verb+ing
like has been studying or have been running
Generally when you use this tense you want to say how long something has been happening, so you will use since or for if you tell the amount of time. If you have forgotten how to use since or for, click here.
Mary has been studying English since 1992.
The kids have been running for 15 minutes.
Karen has been singing all morning.
The students have been practicing the play since last month.
Remember, it is an activity that started before and continues through now.
Check Your UnderstandingWrite the sentence in the blanks. The first one has been done for you.
Example: Albert/read/2 hours
Albert has been reading for 2 hours.
1. The cat/play/20 minutes
2. We/drive/9:30 this morning
3. Lisa/smoke/10 years
4. Ben and Alicia/date/last year.
5. I/prepare for the test/3 weeks