Exercise 2: present perfect continuous

(Practise using and forming the present perfect progressive)

Present perfect continuous – cloze test (difficulty: 2 of 5 – rather easy)

Fill the gaps with the appropriate form of the verb in brackets in the present perfect continuous/progressive (which is the ing form). In the interrogative sentences, you still have to add the pronoun ‘you’. Do not use any short or contracted forms.

  • Example: “_______________ to the news?” (you, listen) → Have you been listening to the news?”

You can check your results with the button below after you have finished. If you still need help with the topic, reread the use of the present perfect progressive and its formation. You may also use the hint button, but note that you will lose points for that.

  1. Lola to friends for 50 minutes. (talk)
  2. Where have you been? We for over half an hour. (wait)
  3. Carl in his new armchair since he got home. (sit)
  4. How long TV? – Well, just for an hour. (you, watch)
  5. Look! There’s Lisa. She for over 90 minutes. (run)
  6. They cards since 8 o’clock. (play)
  7. Lottie, French for a long time? – No, just for half a year. (you, study)
  8. Jill and Kathy since 6 o’clock this morning. (work)

Exercises and explanations referring to the ‘Present perfect continuous’

The following exercises and explanations are related to the English tense ‘Present perfect progressive/continuous (ing form)’ and train your skills too: