has/have been + verb-ing:【verb てform + います】

sentence pattern

On this page, you can learn how to say somebody has been doing something for a certain period of time in Japanese.


You need てForm for this sentence pattern. Click here if you don’t know it.

Sentence pattern

has/have been + verb-ing

verb てform + います


I have been watching TV since 3 o’clock.



てform + います is also used to describe somebody is doing something right now.

be + verb-ing:【verb てform + います】
On this page, you can learn how to say somebody is doing something now in Japanese.


Task 1: Change into Japanese.

  • I have been playing golf since last year.
  • My father has been talking on the phone since 5 o’clock.
  • My older sister has been cooking since yesterday.

Task 2: Change into English.

  • 母は先週からギターをならっています。
  • 弟はきのうから勉強をしています。
  • おじはきょ年から人じんをそだてています。



Topic based lessons

School: I have been studying Japanese since Year 7.
On this page, you can learn how to express how long you have been doing something in Japanese.