The Present Perfect Continuous
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The Present Perfect Continuous is used to show that an action started in the past and hasn’t finished yet.
It is formed using have or has with the auxiliary word ‘been’ and adding ‘ing’ at the end of the verb. For example:
- I have been waiting for half an hour. (I’m still waiting)
- It has been snowing for hours. (It’s still snowing)
When we use the present perfect continuous in speech we normally use a contracted subject and verb to form I’ve, they’ve and we’ve. So, I have been waiting becomes I’ve been waiting.
It’s also used for actions that started in the past and have only just finished:
- He has been studying all day
- He’s been cleaning since this morning
When you have a sentence with a verb that doesn’t use the present perfect continuous, you use the present perfect instead. These are verbs such as:
So, they will read:
- I have wanted one of those for ages
- I’ve hated carrots since I was a child
- She’s heard a lot of stories about him
- I have never needed much money
- I have always belonged to a club in some form or another
In the negative the present perfect continuous uses have not and has not, usually in the short form, so you would say hasn’t and haven’t.
- She hasn’t been living here very long
- He hasn’t been running since the summer
- They haven’t been travelling for years
Question words using the present perfect continuous use have and has:
- Have you been living in London long?
- Has she been studying all day?
- Have we ever been to Scotland?
Question words quite often have the words how long at the beginning:
- How long have you been waiting here?
- How long have you been cooking professionally?
So you’ve now revised the present perfect continuous tense.
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You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.