Present Perfect Continuous

Adding to 'recent past' and 'period to the present' meanings of the Present Perfect Simple

The Present Perfect Continuous is rarely used to talk about ‘experience’, but it adds important concepts to the other two main areas of meaning of the Present Perfect Simple. In the ‘period to the present’ it defines temporary, short term periods usually deriving from a verb in the Present Continuous. And in the ‘recent past’ it contrasts activity against the concluded actions expressed by the Simple version. This contrast is what I call ‘Goldilocks grammar’.


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Peter Brook at the Teatro Valle Occupato

A great British director in Rome


Peter Brook is one the great theatre directors of the twentieth century. His 1970 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream made theatre history.

On Friday April 12 at 8pm the Teatro Valle Occupato is screening 'The Tightrope', a documentary about Brook by his son, Simon Brook. The film will be followed by a public debate with Peter Brook.

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