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