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    have been doing

    About "have been doing something".

    I have been learning English since ten years ago.
    The North Pole has been being in dark after October, and you will see the sun in march next year again.
    The country has been being in chaos since an outbreak of the civil war.

    Is there the construction "have been being" in English?

    do --> have been doing
    am/is/are --> have been being
    Am I right?

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    Re: have been doing

    We say

    'I have been learning English for ten years' or 'I started to learn English ten years ago'.

    'The North Pole has been in the dark since October and will not see the sun again until March.'

    'The country has been in chaos since the outbreak of the civil war.'

    We very rarely need to use the ugly form 'has/have been being'. Click here to read earlier threads on the topic.


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