In this lesson, I talk about the present perfect, and look at the phrase “I haven’t been swimming for months” that I used in one of my videos. I then give more examples.
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Present Perfect Example
In the example I gave, I said the following:
“I haven’t been swimming for months.”
(The clip was taken from this video.)
I used the present perfect in this way because I was talking about something that has a duration from some time in the past until now.
You can see that the phrase, “to go swimming” changes to “haven’t been swimming.”
Here are three more examples:
- “I haven’t seen my best friend for a few weeks.”
- “They haven’t been to the cinema since November.”
- “I haven’t worked in an office for eight years.”
All of these examples are in the negative. In affirmative sentences, if the verb is continuous, we generally use the present perfect continuous: I’ve been working in an office for five years.