Both tenses have a continuous form. These continuous tenses are formed with the verb be and the –ing form of the verb:

We use continuous aspect:

  • for something happening before and after a given time.

He’s getting on the train. [before and after the moment of speaking]
It was quarter past ten. We were watching the news on television.

  • for something continuing before and after another action:

Mother will be cooking the dinner when we get home.
We were waiting for the bus when it started to rain.

  • for something continuing for some time:

Everybody will be waiting for us.
They had been working hard all day.

  • for something happening again and again:

They’ve been doing that every day this week.
The children were always shouting.
He will be practising the piano every night.

  • for something temporary:

We are renting an apartment until our house is ready..
He was working in a garage during the vacation.

  • for something new:

We have moved from Birmingham. We’re living in Manchester now.
He had left university and was working in his father’s business.

  • to describe something changing or developing:

Everything has been getting more difficult.
He was growing more bad-tempered every day. 



Are these sentences correct?
1. I have been working all day.
2. I have been working today.
3. I have worked today.
I could use some help.

Hello Marua,

All of those sentences are grammatically correct. Which is appropriate will depend upon the context.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi again and thank you very much for the answer.

Regarding present perfect continuous, in the next dialogue, can I use 'today' and 'all day' with no difference in meaning?

'I'm exhausted.
Have you been working hard today/all day?'

Both of them are appropriate?


Hi Marua,

You can use both 'all day' and 'today' but there is a difference in meaning. 'Today' is more general and does not tell us how long the activity took. 'All day' tells us that it was an activity which lasted the whole day.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear teachers,
Is that following sentence is correct;
I am Kim Kiyani living in two blocks away from the club .
I think the original sentence should be like this ; I am Kim Kiyani ,and I am living in two blocks away from the club .
If the first sentence is correct , what is the rule behind that ? it is possible to use the same structure for a sentence like this ;
I have arrived recently, (I have )found the apartment keys beneath the flower pot

Hello bany,

The first sentence is not a natural sentence. The reason is that the participle here acts as a reduced relative clause identifying which thing we are talking about. For example, we might say the following:

That is the dog living in the flat next to mine.

The participle phrase 'living in...' tells us which dog we mean: not any dog but a specific dog (the one which lives next to us).


Your sentence is illogical because you have already given a name which identifies you. It would make sense only if there were two people callled Kim Kiyani and you needed to identify which one you were. The sentence would be fine without a name:

I am the guy living in two blocks away from the club.

The context here would be that the listener knows about someone who lives two blocks away - perhaps you have spoken on the phone and mentioned it - and so this information can be used to identify which guy you are.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

"Mother will be cooking the dinner when we get home."
Is it incorrect to say in the sentence above, instead of "we get home", we will get home?

Hi everyone!
Which sentence is correct:
1. I enjoy my English course
2. I'm enjoying my English course

Hi Ilariuccia,

Both sentences are possible. The first sentence is an example of the present simple and describes a general feeling about the course - the speaker likes it. The second sentence is an example of the present continuous and describes the speaker's feeling at a particular moment. It is possible (if unlikely) that the speaker in the second sentence does not like the course overall but is enjoying it at that particular moment.

I hope that clarifies it for you.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team