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The present perfect continuous tense is used to describe a continuing action or situation that is not necessarily completed. When discussing a completed deed or circumstance, the present perfect tense is employed.

A present perfect continuous action or scenario is one that began in the past (typically recently) and continues in the present. The actions are usually one-time events. He's been running since 3:30 a.m., for example.

The combination has/have been + the present participle (root + -ing) is used to create the present perfect continuous.

The present perfect tense is formed by combining the words have or has with the verb's past participle. The past participle of a normal verb is a version of the verb that ends in -ed, -d, or -t. The past participle of cook, for example, is cooked, hence the present perfect tense is have/has cooked.

The present tense simplifies, directs, and strengthens your writing. The more conditional or future tense you use, the harder it is for your audience to grasp your message. Writing solely in the present tense saves your audience time and aids in the clarity of your message.

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