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Do you use the present participle with the present perfect? If you wanted to say something like "I have been trying" would you use "he estado tratar" or "he estado tratando"?

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  • Welcome to SpanishDict, Maya. - rac1 Sep 13, 2017 flag
  • very nicely presented question, welcome, maya:) - Heidita2 Sep 14, 2017 flag

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He estado tratando.

I've been working. He estado trabajando.
We've been studying. Hemos estado estudiando.
They've been watching TV. Han estado mirando televisión.

etc.etc.

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Do you use the present participle with the present perfect?

Hi maya, welcome to the forum smile

You are quite right, just like in English, the word to use is "present participle", we say gerundio

Just as a side note, this would be a tense we seldom use.

He estado trabajando desde las 8 de la mañana.

We would say:

Llevo trabajando desde las 8 de la mañana.

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