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English Grammar

Present Perfect Verb Tense vs. Present Perfect Contentious Verb Tense


What is difference between the present perfect tense and the present perfect continuous tense?

The difference between the present perfect tense and the present perfect continuous tense is very small. There are many times when the two tenses can be used interchangeability. There are differences in the structure of the tenses. The two tenses use the auxiliary verb "have". The present perfect tense -ed/v3 is added to the main verb and the present perfect continuous tense -ing is added to the main verb and the verb "to be" is also used.

The Present Perfect Verb Tense vs. the Present Perfect Continuous Verb Tense

Present Perfect Verb Tense

Present Perfect Continuous Verb Tense

  • emphasis what completed
  • The good looks great. Mary has cooked all day.
  • What a mess in the house. The kids have had a party.
  • emphasize on the action (usually the action is not finished)
  • The food smells great. Mary has been cooking all day.
  • The house is a mess. The kids have been home from school all week.
  • to state the amount of times an action took place
  • to state the length of time or to state "how long" the action took place.
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  • to emphasize the period of time the action took place

Basic Grammar

Present Simple Verb Tense

Present Continuous Verb Tense

  • Present Continuous Verb Tense
  • Present Continuous Verb Tense Chart
  • Present Continuous Verb Tense Quiz
  • Present Perfect Verb Tense

  • Present Perfect Verb Tense
  • Present Perfect Verb Tense Chart
  • Present Perfect Verb Tense Quiz
  • Past Simple Verb Tense vs Present Perfect Verb Tense
  • Present Perfect vs. the Present Perfect Continuous Verb Tense
  • Present Perfect Continuous Verb Tense

  • Present Perfect Continuous Verb Tense
  • Present Perfect Continuous Verb Tense Chart
  • Present Perfect Verb Tense vs. Present Perfect Continuous Verb Tense