Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • Italy

    • Join Date: Jan 2012
    • Posts: 25

    Presen perfect continuous

    Hello, I 've got a question about tenses. Is it right to use the present perfect continuous in the following sentence?
    "I'm a student at Manchester University. Everyone thinks that students have an easy life, but I've been working hard all the time."
    My first choice would be "I work", but perhaps the p.p. continuous could be used to emphasize the fact that the action is repeated. Am I right?
    I'm looking forward to some help.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 9,739

    Re: Presen perfect continuous

    The present simple works better there. You'd use the present perfect continuous if you had established a more specific timeline: I've been working hard since the first day of class.
    I am not a teacher.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 13-Jul-2016, 14:04
  2. [Grammar] Past Continuous vs Present Perfect Continuous
    By Nat093 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 19-May-2015, 20:12
  3. [Grammar] present perfect continuous vs past continuous
    By elenah in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 17-May-2015, 18:51
  4. [Grammar] past continuous vs present perfect continuous
    By taksobie in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 18-Dec-2012, 22:17
  5. [General] Present Perfect Continuous and Past Perfect Continuous
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Jul-2009, 04:37


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts