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Nível Avançado › Could You Repeat That, Please?

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

    • Use vocabulary related to asking people to repeat and confirm what they’ve said
    • Understand the uses of to the present perfect continuous
    • Understand different expressions with "track"

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PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS
Dialog: "...I've been trying to track down an overdue payment..."

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

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

  • I've been meaning to speak to you for some time now, Jessica.
  • I hope you haven't been waiting for me for a long time.
  • Mark's been living in Brazil for about 8 years.
  • My mother-in-law has been working on her doctorate for the past ten years.
  • Have they been studying English very long?
  • Haven't I been getting my point across to you, or should I try to be clearer?

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

  • I'm sorry I've missed so much work. I really haven't been well lately.
  • Jack has been really sarcastic recently.

Sobre esta aula

Uh, I'm sorry I didn't understand what you said. Do you find yourself saying this too often when speaking to foreigners in English? In this lesson you'll learn how to use specific phrases to ask someone to speak more slowly, to get them to repeat what they've told you, and finally, how to confirm everything you've just heard.

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