present perfect simple  and present perfect continuous

How are they different? the same? 

Why is this cartoon funny?

present perfect conti

Think of these tenses as a past that always has a connection to the present. Our point of view is NOW (the present) and a past action has some result or importance to now.

Let’s look at two examples:

1. I’ve read the last Harry Potter book.

2. I’ve been reading the last Harry Potter book.

In which sentence is the action of reading finished?

In sentence 1, the action is finished. In sentence 2, you are not finished reading the book.

So, with the present perfect continuous, the action started in the past and coninues to now and is still IN PROGRESS.

VIDEO LESSONS

Watch the following video explanation from LLE for more examples and explanations :

Here is an alternate video explanation from EngVid.com:

SUMMARY

PRES PERF VS PROG

PRACTICE TIME!!

Click the following links for online practice quizzes:

British Council quiz

ESL-LOUNGE quiz

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Energetic and passionate English (EFL) teacher with more than ten years teaching experience.

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