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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #106660: Present perfect simple or continuous
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    Present perfect simple or continuous

    The present perfect simple ( have + past participle)  or continuous ( have + been + v-ing)  is often used with since and for.

    Since refers to the starting of the action, for to the time it has been going on till now .

    The present perfect ( simple or continuous) has  an up-to-now reference  and can never be used  for past actions.


    The difference between the P.P. simple and the P.P. continuous lies in the fact that the former is used  with  stative verbs or phrases ( Know, like, to be married, etc  ), while the latter is used  with action verbs in the affirmative form; rarely in the negative , unless you want to underline a state of uneasiness or discomfort ( I haven’t been working for months! I’m desperate).

    English exercise "Present perfect simple or continuous" created by carlabice47 with The test builder
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    1. Look at me: I (work) in the garden for hours: I'm worn out!
    2. I (know) Peter since 2001 and we are good friends.
    3. Professor Trevor (want) that ancient manuscript for ages but so far it's not to be found.
    4. Cheryl, what (you/do) to your hair ? It's green!
    5. We (text) him four times today, but no answer !
    6. Molly (smoke) non -stop since this morning: I can't stand the smell !
    7. Paul (not/call) me for ages: I wonder what's happened.
    8. They (work) at the project for months : I hope they'll succeed.
    9. Please stop . You (speak) all evening: I want to sleep.
    10. You and Celia (be) enemies for years: it's time you made it up !

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