Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Grammartalk 8, Page 2 - Present Perfect Progressive Tense

"Rehearsal of a Ballet on Stage" by Edward Degas

A: You’ve been yawning all day. What’s up?
B: I haven’t been sleeping very well lately.
A: That’s a shame. Why haven’t you been sleeping?
B: I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night a lot.
A: You should try drinking Nighty Night tea. It will help
you sleep.
B: That’s a good idea. I haven’t been doing anything
about my sleeping problem.
A: You’ve been acting nervous all day. What’s up?
B: I’m going to fly in an airplane tomorrow.
A: Haven’t you ever flown in an airplane before?
B: No, I haven’t. I’ve been worrying about it for weeks.
A: Don’t worry! I’ve been flying in airplanes for years.
B: OK. I guess there’s nothing to be nervous about.
A: Toshi has been living in a small town in Japan all
his life.
B: Yes, and now he’s going to move to San Francisco.
A: He’s nervous, because he’s never studied English.
B: His cousins have been studying English for years.
A: They’ll be able to help him.
B: Toshi has been speaking Japanese all his life.
A: Toshi has never shopped at an American
B: Toshi’s cousins have been shopping in American
supermarkets for years.
A: That’s great. They’ll be able to help him to adjust.
B: Toshi has been eating only Japanese food.
A: His cousins have been eating hamburgers for years.
B: They’ve also been having stomach problems.
A: Toshi has been taking his girlfriend to the movies
for years.
B: Now, Toshi will have to leave his girlfriend.
A: Toshi’s cousins have been dating in America for
B: That’s nice. They’ll be able to introduce him to their
A: Toshi has never left his small town in Japan.
B: His cousins have been traveling around for years.
A: How are you feeling, Mr. Jackson?
B: Well, Doctor, I’ve been having a back problem.
A: How long have you been having this problem?
B: It’s been bothering me for two weeks.
A: Have you ever had a back problem before?
B: No, I haven’t. This is the first time.
A: How is your appetite? Have you been eating well
B: I’ve been eating a balanced diet, I think.
A: A lot of people have been coming to me with back
problems recently.
B: What do you usually recommend?
A: I’ve been advising my patients to exercise regularly.
A: This is a list of exercises. Do them twice a day.
B: Have your other patients been using these exercises.
A: Yes, they have. And they’ve been getting good
B: Well, thank you. Frankly, I haven’t been exercising
A: It’s not easy to make time to exercise. But, try it.
B: I’ve been thinking about exercise for a long time.
A: Mario has been assembling cameras since 7 A.M.
B: Really? How many cameras has he assembled?
A: He’s assembled 19 cameras so far.
B: He’s never assembled that many cameras in one day
A: I know. Fortunately, he only has to assemble one more
camera. Then, he can go home.
B: I bet he’s looking forward to a break.
A: Judy has been typing letters since 9 A.M.
B: Really? How many letters has she typed so far?
A: She’s typed 25 letters today, and she’s tired.
B: She’s never typed that many letters in one day
A: I know that. Fortunately, she only has to type one
more letter. Then, she can go home.
B: I bet she’s looking forward to a relaxing dinner.

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