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Fun Activities to Practise the Present Perfect Continuous

Updated on April 27, 2015

Fun Activities to Practise the Present Perfect Continuous

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I have been...

Put your students into pairs. Hand out these sentence stems.


Student A

Student A should complete the feeling part. Then read out the sentence, minus the feeling, to your partner. Your partner must try to guess the word.


  1. I feel _________ today because I’ve been dancing all afternoon.

  2. I feel _________ because my boyfriend/girlfriend has been baking cakes all day.

  3. I feel _________ now because I’ve been studying all night.

  4. I feel _________ today because I’ve been travelling all night.

  5. I feel _________ today because I’ve been cleaning the house.

  6. I feel _________ because I've been listening to the teacher.

  7. I feel _________ now because I’ve been eating all morning.

  8. I feel _________ today because I’ve been partying all night.

  9. I feel _________ because I’ve been watching movies since 3 o’ clock.

  10. I feel _________ because I’ve been organising the party all week.

  11. I feel _______________________________________

  12. I feel _______________________________________



Student B

Student B should complete the feeling part. Then read out the sentence, minus the feeling, to your partner. Your partner must try to guess the word.


  1. I feel _________ today because I’ve been reading all afternoon.

  2. I feel _________ because I’ve been watching the news all evening.

  3. I feel _________ because I’ve been listening to my friend's problems for the past 2 hours!

  4. I feel _________ today because I've been sleeping all afternoon.

  5. I feel _________ because I've been talking to you.

  6. I feel _________ because I've been listening to a band I hate.

  7. I feel _________ because I've been talking to someone I don't like.

  8. I feel _________ now because I've been sitting in front of the computer all day.

  9. I feel _________ because I've been thinking about my summer holidays all weekend.

  10. I feel _________ because I've been horsing riding all afternoon.

  11. I feel _______________________________________

  12. I feel _______________________________________


What's my Job?

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What’s my job?


This is a guessing game for students to practise the past perfect continuous. In pairs or groups each student thinks of a job. They have to describe it without saying what it is they do and the other students have to guess the profession.


Give examples like these or make up your own:


Student A

  1. I’ve been preparing lessons all afternoon. (teacher)

  2. I’ve been cleaning the building all day. (janitor/caretaker/cleaner)

  3. I’ve been washing dishes all morning. (dishwasher)

  4. I’ve been feeding animals and cleaning their cages. (zoo keeper)

  5. I’ve been rescuing people from fires and car crashes. (firefighter)

  6. I’ve been pruning and planting trees all day. (forestry worker)

  7. I’ve been inking people's body parts all afternoon. (tattoo artist)

  8. I’ve been designing new clothes. (fashion designer)

  9. I’ve been punishing people for their crimes (judge)

  10. I’ve been building furniture with wood. (carpenter)

  11. I’ve been ………………………………….

  12. I’ve been ………………………………….



Student B

  1. I’ve been growing crops for the market. (farmer)

  2. I’ve been repairing engines. (mechanic)

  3. I’ve been preparing figures for the company's financial year. (accountant)

  4. I’ve been minding children that don't belong to me. (nanny/child minder)

  5. I’ve been repairing a broken toilet. (plumber)

  6. I’ve been rewiring a house. (electrician)

  7. I’ve been walking dogs that don't belong to me. (dog walker)

  8. I’ve been singing and dancing on a cruise ship for an audience. (cruise ship entertainer)

  9. I’ve been teaching dancers some new moves. (choreographer)

  10. I've been writing new code. (computer programmer)

  11. I’ve been ………………………………….

  12. I’ve been ………………………………….



Clock

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How long?


Draw a clock on the board. Write the words “Studying – 1pm.” Look at the time and ask your students how long they have been studying. Write this sentence: “I have been studying since 1pm” or “I have been studying for 2 hours.”

Give another example: “Learning English - Years.” Ask them how many years they have been learning English. Get them to write down the answers using for and since: “I have been learning English since 2010” or “I have been learning English for 4 years.”

Now put the students into pairs. Write the cue words on the board. They must ask each other the questions below using the present perfect continuous and write down each others’ answers.


How long have you been...?


  • Driving

  • Reading (name a book)

  • Going to the gym

  • Drinking tea/coffee

  • Exercising

  • Swimming

  • Working with your company/Studying at school

  • Going to bed at ……... (insert time here)

  • Getting up at ……….. (insert time here)

  • Living in ………... (insert location here)

  • Dating your partner/living with your partner

  • Watching (insert T.V. series here)

  • Cooking for your family/partner



Doctor-Patient Role-Play


This is a doctor-patient role-play to practice the present perfect continuous. Show students adverts to prevent snoring on the internet such as special pillows, snoring rings, pills, nose clips…etc.

Discuss with students which they think might work and ask students do they know of anyone who has any unusual sleeping habits.

Ask students to name a few embarrassing sleep disorders. Here are a few ideas: sleepwalking, bed wetting, talking in your sleep, flatulence, twitching and drooling.

Write on the board these sentences: I haven't been sleeping well recently, I have been sleepwalking the last few nights for students to reference while performing the role-play.

Role-play: students pair up and one acts as a doctor while the other acts as a patient. They must give symptoms of their problems and the doctors ask questions and take notes. The doctor gives advice to the patient.



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