English Helping Verbs Course

Lesson 14

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In the previous lesson we learned how to use the helping verb HAVE to show completion. 

In this lesson we will learn how to use HAVE to show that an action started in the past and continued until some point.

The verb HAVE

Quick note:

In the simple present tense the verb HAVE has these two forms:

  • I, you, we, they => have

  • She, he, it => has

We will use these forms in our examples and exercises.

The verb HAVE as a helping verb:

2. The action continued before it was complete

The helping verb HAVE is used to show that an action started in the past, and continued up until the present.

To do that, we add the helping verb be, in its third form: been.







In addition, the main verb ends in ING. For example, walk => walking

Here is how we do it:

Subject + have + been + main verb + the rest of the sentence


I have been walking for an hour.

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Here are some more examples:

Megan has been reading for hours.

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Robert has been waiting for the past 30 minutes.

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He has been yelling like that since he got here.

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I have been working in this place for over 20 years, so I want to try something new.

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I feel pretty tired since we have been traveling all night.

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3. To show something was happening lately

We also use this structure to show that something was happening lately.

Lately, you have been eating a lot of ice cream.

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Melissa has been working very hard recently.

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Marge and Tim have been fighting often in the last month.

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Lately, Ashley has been exercising.

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