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When I was studying for my CELPIP exam I got material from them. Unfortunately, I can not put the PDF to the public because it has a watermark with my personal email. But I can put you here what it says.

CELPIP's fourteenth error as they state:

A common CELPIP error involves mishandling the present perfect progressive verb tense. We use this tense for continuous or repeated actions that started in the past and have gone on up to the present time. Such actions may be finished or unfinished.

How to Use the Present Perfect Progressive Tense

have [not] been present participle



Excuse for Unintended Result Repetition

I have been sleeping for 8 hours and I am still feeling tired

I am so sorry for my dog; He has been dealing with many stuff lately I have been working a lot recently
Started in past
Still ongoing    
Finished now    


We normally use the present, not the present perfect progressive, with the following:

  • nonprogressive verbs such as of be, known, seem: I have been known for my perfect score.
  • expressions of frequency: Miguel has often driven to San Bernandino
  • specific quantities: Miguel has spent over $1000 on a new pair of shoes!

Good luck!

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