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Present Perfect Tense Definition and Examples

Present Perfect Tense Definition and Examples

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Present Perfect Tense Definition and Examples

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How to use the Present Perfect tense?

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Daily grammar lesson with Kasia. How to use the Present Perfect tense?

 
 
There are many ways in which we can talk about the past in English. I have already explained when we use Past Simple and Past Continuous. Past Simple is used to talk about completed events that happened at a specific time in the past. Past Continuous is used to describe an action in progress at some point in the past or to show a longer action interrupted by a shorter action.
 
 
The Present Perfect is a tense that is between past and present, as there is always some connection with the present even though we talk about the past. It is most commonly used to talk about events which happened at an unspecified time in the past, experiences or events which continue into the present, but there are other less common uses as well. Many students find it hard to learn, both because of the form and the fact that it is similar in meaning to Past Simple.

 

I will discuss the most common usages over a number of lessons to explain it better.

 

Form:

 

We use have/has + verb in the Past Participle form. For most verbs add + ed, but irregular forms have to be memorized.

 

  • I haven’t finished my article yet. (finish-finished regular verb)I have seen this film twice already. (see – seen irregular verb)
  • He hasn’t done his homework yet. (do -done)
  • Have they ever been abroad? (be – been)

 

Unspecified time before now.

 

We use the present perfect to say that an action happened at an unspecified time before now. The exact time is not important. We use unspecific time expressions such as: ever, never, once, many times, several times, before, so far, already, yet, etc. The focus is on whether something happened or not and we are not concerned about the time when it happened.

 

We often use it to ask people about their experiences or to talk about our experiences, it is the same as saying “I’ve had or I haven’t had the experience of …

 

Some examples:

 

  • I have never tried Japanese sushi.
  • My parents have never been abroad.
  • Nicolas has already visited over 30 countries and he is only 25.
  • I haven’t so far won anything.
  • My uncle has once appeared on TV.
  • It is often used in questions, when we ask if somebody has done something at any point in the past (until now) or “has had the experience of…”

 

Study these examples:

 

  • Have you ever been to China? No, I haven’t but I would love to go one day.
  • Have you ever tried Indian cooking? Yes, I have.
  • Really? When did you first try it?
  • I first tried it in an Indian restaurant in London a couple of years ago.

 

Notice how when we talk about unspecified time, we use Present Perfect, but then once we establish that somebody has done something, we can ask more questions or add more details in Past Simple.

 

More examples:

 

  • Have you ever travelled on your own?
    Yes, I have. When I was as a student I went hitchhiking around Europe on my own.
  • Has your boyfriend ever lied to you?
    Yes, he has. When we first met, he told me he worked in the bank. But after a few weeks he admitted that he worked there as a security guard!

 

Try to think of several common situations in which you could use this tense, memorize the most common questions “have you ever been/visited/ done/seen/ eaten/ had…”, etc. and then it will come automatically to you when the time comes to use it.

 

Make sure that you do our *TT exercises and practice the usage as much as you can.

 

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