present perfect continuous questions

In the English Grammar Profile, B1 point 31 in the category of PAST is defined:

present perfect continuous: QUESTIONS with a limited range of verbs.

Note that questions are generally low frequency in the CLC probably due to lack of spoken data.

*Also note that there are no other entries for ‘range of verbs’


PELIC STUDENT EXAMPLE:

What have you been doing?

Arabic male, Level 4 grammar class.

EXPERT EXAMPLES:

How has that been going?

TED

How long have you been searching for this?

Tron


An iWeb search for:

have|has _P been _VVG

In the 1-35 most common verb-ing are ‘have you been + verbing’

searching, wondering, blogging, hiding, struggling, experiencing

36 HAS IT BEEN GOING 104

How long has it been going on?

listen

37 HAVE YOU BEEN TALKING 98
38 HAS IT BEEN WORKING 96
39 HAVE YOU BEEN GOING 95
40 HAVE YOU BEEN TRAINING 94
41 HAVE YOU BEEN HEARING 93
42 HAVE YOU BEEN DRIVING 85
43 HAVE I BEEN MISSING 83
44 HAVE YOU BEEN WEARING 81
45 HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING 78
46 HAVE YOU BEEN SPENDING 75
47 HAVE YOU BEEN SMOKING 74
48 HAVE YOU BEEN SHOOTING 70
49 HAVE YOU BEEN STUDYING 63
50 HAVE YOU BEEN FEEDING 58
51 HAVE YOU BEEN FINDING 57
52 HAVE YOU BEEN PLANNING 57
53 HAVE I BEEN LIVING 56 UNLISTED IDIOM… Have I been living under a rock?
54 HAVE YOU BEEN SITTING 56
55 HAVE YOU BEEN HOLDING 54
56 HAVE YOU BEEN GIVING 52
57 HAVE YOU BEEN MEANING 50
58 HAVE THEY BEEN WORKING 49
59 HAVE YOU BEEN CONSIDERING 48
60 HAVE YOU BEEN DESIGNING 48
61 HAVE YOU BEEN DEALING 45
62 HAVE YOU BEEN LONGING 42
63 HAVE YOU BEEN SHOPPING 42
64 HAVE YOU BEEN PREPARING 40
65 HAVE YOU BEEN TELLING 39
66 HAVE YOU BEEN NOTICING 37
67 HAVE YOU BEEN SELLING 37
68 HAVE YOU BEEN COACHING 36
69 HAVE YOU BEEN ASKING 35
70 HAVE YOU BEEN STANDING 35
71 HAVE I BEEN USING 34
72 HAVE YOU BEEN DATING 34
73 HAVE YOU BEEN CREATING 34
74 HAVE WE BEEN WAITING 33
75 HAVE YOU BEEN ITCHING 33
76 HAVE YOU BEEN LEARNING 33
77 HAVE YOU BEEN PHOTOGRAPHING 33
78 HAVE YOU BEEN COMING 32
79 HAVE YOU BEEN CRAVING 31
80 HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING 31
81 HAVE YOU BEEN CHECKING 30
82 HAVE YOU BEEN AVOIDING 30
83 HAVE I BEEN WAITING 29
84 HAVE YOU BEEN ATTENDING 28

How many years have you been attending?

guitargirlmag.com

85 HAVE YOU BEEN EYEING 28
86 HAVE YOU BEEN MISSING 28
87 HAVE YOU BEEN COLLECTING 27
88 HAS IT BEEN RUNNING 27
89 HAVE YOU BEEN DRAWING 26
90 HAVE YOU BEEN BUYING 26
91 HAVE YOU BEEN BUILDING 26
92 HAVE YOU BEEN PAINTING 26
93 HAVE YOU BEEN TRAVELING 25
94 HAVE I BEEN THINKING 24
95 HAVE YOU BEEN FIGHTING 24
96 HAVE YOU BEEN SAVING 24
97 HAVE YOU BEEN FOCUSING 23
98 HAVE YOU BEEN DYING 23
99 HAVE YOU BEEN COOKING 23
100 HAVE YOU BEEN SEWING 23


A search for determiner + noun in the subject position shows that it is very low frequency:

1 HAS YOUR COMPANY BEEN USING 19

How has your company been using video since the pandemic?

indiehackers.com


A2:
building, checking, collecting, dreaming, following, holding, keeping, meaning, missing, preparing, saving, selling, spending, standing, trying
B1:
attending, avoiding, blogging, considering, creating, dating, designing, experiencing, feeding, fighting, hiding, noticing, performing, planning, searching, sewing, shooting, training, wondering


EXPERT EXAMPLE:

Have you been thinking about different languages 

and their role in the interaction of people of different countries?

zobuz.com

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