Below is a list of some of the less common tenses, followed in each case by examples. Note that the continuous tenses convey the idea of an event or state going on for a period of time:
Present perfect continuous
- I have been working in the garden all day, and now I'm extremely tired.
- She has been living in a one-room apartment since she left home.
- How long have you been playing the piano?
- He's been learning German for two years, but he still can't speak it very well.
- We've been painting our house since last Friday, but we're still a long way from finishing.
- We haven't been living in Germany very long.
- Why are you sweating? Have you been running?
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Past perfect continuous
- I had been working in the garden all day, and all I wanted to do was sleep.
- She had been living in a one-room apartment for a year before getting married.
- How long had you been playing the piano before the accident with your hand?
- He'd been learning German for two years, but he stopped when he returned to Japan.
- We'd been painting our house for two weeks, but we were still a long way from finishing.
- At this time next week I will be sitting in the plane on the way to New York.
- Don't call me after 10 o'clock. I'll be sleeping.
- If you want to see Miho tomorrow, you will have to go to the school. She will be taking a test all afternoon.
- I won't be working on my car this weekend. My mother-in-law will be here.
- I hope my mother will have finished cooking dinner by the time I get home.
- You can come at 6 o'clock. I will have done my homework by then.
- There's no point calling her at home. She will have left for work already.
- On June 25 2020 they will have been married for 60 years.
Future perfect continuous
- By the time I retire I will have been working here for 45 years!
- If she reaches her 60th birthday, she will have been smoking for half a century!
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