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  • Chapter 10. Tense (Cont'd...)

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    10.5 Perfect continuous tense

    It is formed when the continuity i.e. action going-on, is added with the point or period of time with the present/past/future continuous.

    10.5.1 Present perfect continuous tense

    Here the action of the verb begins in the past but continuing up to the present. Form of the verb is have been/has been + verb + ing. Examples:

    The student has been reading for an hour.
    The patient has been suffering from 3rd June.
    He has been suffering since Monday last.

    10.5.2 Past perfect continuous tense

    Here the verb denotes an action that had been going on at or before some point of time in the past. Form of the verb is had been + verb + ing. Example:

    The student had been reading when the teacher entered.

    10.5.3 Future perfect continuous tense

    Here the verb denotes an action that will be completed at some point of time in the future; but which will be in progress until then. The form of the verb is will/shall have been + verb + ‘ing’. Example:

    He will have been going to school before I start.

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