Present Perfect Continous Tense

English grammar questions, answered by Alan

Moderator: Alan

User avatar
New Member
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu May 24, 2012 8:23 pm
Status: English Learner

Present Perfect Continous Tense

Post by JayJay » Thu May 24, 2012 8:45 pm

Hello good evening,

I would like to improve my English,so i am studying on the different tenses. I finnally arrived at the Present Perfect Continous. This is for me a very difficult tense. I cannot figure out how i need to use this tense. I will explain.

When you are doing something at the moment, like reading. You could say.

Present Continous tense
I am reading since 2 o'clock.

or you could say.

Present Perfect Continous tense.
I have been reading since 2 o 'clock.

Could somebody explain when I should use which tense. Or are maybe both correct? Thank you in advance!

User avatar
EC Teacher
EC Teacher
Posts: 12886
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Status: English Teacher
Location: Japan

Re: Present Perfect Continous Tense

Post by Alan » Sat May 26, 2012 5:37 am

I'm afraid that only the second is correct!