a few months ago, my friend nadya requested a blog entry for songs conatining the present perfect continuous structure. great idea!!
present perfect continuous is used to indicate something happening from a point in the past until the present. it is often used with since, to refer to a specific point in the past; or for, to refer to duration.
the phil collins song in the air tonight is part of a very memorable scene in the hangover. mike tyson sings these lyrics right after the unmistakeable drum solo (tyson’s favorite part) at :15
i can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh lord
and i’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh lord
the end of the vid also includes an example of the phrasal verb fucked up as part of phil’s explanation as to why he and his friends stole tyson’s tiger.
stevie wonder‘s song that girl has these lyrics at 2:05
i’ve been hurting for a long time
and you’ve been playing for a long time
you know it’s true
i’ve been holding for a long time
and you’ve been running for a long time
it’s time to do what we have to do
and then at 3:30
she says her love has been crying out
but her lover hasn’t heard
but what she doesn’t realize is that I’ve listened to every word
the 2007 disney movie enchanted opens with the song true love’s kiss.
the chorus appears for the first time at :30 and includes the lyric
i’ve been waiting for a true love’s kiss
ball and chain by social distortion (my favorite on this list, btw) at 3:00 says
well, i passed a bar on the way to my dingy hotel room
i spent all my money, i been drinkin since half past noon
the chorus of rasmus‘ song in the shadows is
i’ve been watching
i’ve been waiting
in the shadows all my time
i’ve been searching
i’ve been living
for tomorrows all my life
which song is your favorite? which is the most memorable example of present perfect continuous?