## “Sales have been steadily rising.”

You're presenting sales results in a meeting at work. You tell the group that the company keeps selling more and more each month.

### sales (are doing something)

"Sales" are the number of items you sell or the amount of money you make from selling things:

Sales this quarter are strong.

Sales are down this month.

Sales can be "strong" or "weak", and they can:

• increase
• decrease
• rise
• fall
• be up
• be down

To "steadily increase" means to keep increasing by the same amount, again and again. Here's an example of some steadily increasing numbers:

20 > 25 > 30 > 36 > 41 > 45

Here are some numbers that are increasing, but not steadily:

20 > 29 > 27 > 28 > 40 > 40

Numbers can also steadily decrease or fall, which means to go down little by little.

### (something) has been (doing something) (since a point in time)

This is how to talk about an action that started in the past, and is still happening now:

I've been taking kickboxing classes at my neighborhood gym.

Whenever you use the word "since", you have to use the perfect form "have done":

I've known him since he was born.

We've been ranked #1 every year since 1990.

You shouldn't use the simple past tense ("knew", "were") with "since".

### (something) is rising

When the number of something becomes larger, you can say that it is "rising":

The temperature is rising.

The number of people who own mobile phones is still rising by a huge number every year.

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