What tense is "I have never been so hungry."

I can guess that it is present perfect continuous but it doesn't have verb+ing.

Or the verb might be "feeling" like, I have never been feeling so hungry. But is this sentence still correct if we drop the "feeling" verb.

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  • It is simply present tense. Don't confuse tense and aspect. – curiousdannii Sep 23 '15 at 13:21
  • "have been" is present perfect of to be. – rogermue Sep 23 '15 at 15:42

As it is it wouldn't be present perfect continuous, which requires rather exact periods of time (e.g. yesterday, a year ago, when I was a teenager...).

It is, however, present perfect, which does allow for unspecific expressions such as never, ever, before etc.

There's a bit of context missing in your sentence though (not that it particularly matters in this case), as it can be taken like:

Wow, look at that poor homeless person digging for food in the bin. I have never been so hungry [as to do that].

I can hear my stomach growling. I have never been so hungry [before].

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