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Nível Avançado › A Trip to the Dentist's Part 2

  • At the end of this lesson you’ll be able to:

    • Understand the use of the present perfect continuous
    • Know how to talk about dental procedures
    • Understand different uses of the verb "to bleed"

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PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS
Dialog: "Have you been flossing everyday as I recommended?"

We use the present perfect continuous tense to express actions that began in the recent past and are still continuing. We often use this tense with the words: lately, recently.

FORM:
HAVE/HAS + BEEN + VERB (-ing form)

  • I've been reading this wonderful book about the factors attributed to high levels of success.
  • Has Tim been taking his medicine?
  • Rehearsals for the play haven't been going well because the cast doesn't seem to like the director.
  • Katie's been looking a little depressed lately.
  • Because of the financial crisis, many people have been losing their jobs recently.

Note: To express continuous action with the verb "to be," use only HAVE/HAS + BEEN.

  • Lisa's upset because her mother hasn't been well lately.
  • I've been in São Paulo since June.

 

Sobre esta aula

We're back with Trisha, the terrified dentist's patient whose biggest fear is having to get a root canal.  If you've been dying to know whether she needs one, then I suggest you listen to today's lesson.

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