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When do we use Present Perfect tense to talk about the present

When do we use Present Perfect tense to talk about the present?

by Nov 7, 2019English Grammar Tips, English Time Ask Elo

When do we use Present Perfect tense to talk about the present

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When do we use Present Perfect tense to talk about the present?

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When do we use Present Perfect tense to talk about the presente  @ Paulpry Badibanga, Thank you for your question.

When do we use Present Perfect tense to talk about the presente  As usual, I will try to explain the difference using simple language and plenty of examples.

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When do we use Present Perfect tense to talk about the present?

 

 

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I have already explained to you how Present Perfect can be used for events which happened at an unspecified time in the past and to talk about experiences and accomplishments.

 

As the Present Perfect tense always has some connection with the present, I am going to explain how it is used to talk about the present and actions that have just been completed.

 

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

 

  • I haven’t finished my article yet. (finish-finished regular verb)
  • I have studied computing for 3 years. (study- studied regular verb)
  • He hasn’t done his homework yet. (do -done)
  • How long have they been abroad? (be – been)
 
 
 
1. Actions which started in the past and continue into the present

 

Another every common usage of the Present Perfect Tense is to talk about an action or activity which started in the past and continues until now, i.e. it is still true in the present.

 

In this sense Present Perfect is a present tense (and is translated as such in many languages)

 

“For five minutes,” “for two weeks,”, “for 6 months”, “since Tuesday” , “since 20017” are all durations which can be used with the Present Perfect.

 

Examples:

 

  • I have had my dog for two years. (I still have it)
  • Danielle has been in England for 5 years now, but she still hasn’t learned English. (she is still in England)
  • Mary has worked for Google since 2015. (she is still working there)
  • I have lived here since I was a child. (I’m still living here)

 

Think about how you would use Present Perfect to describe your life. Make sentences, such as

 

  • I have lived in …. for/since
  • I have worked… for/ since
  • I have had this car for/ since …

 

2. Actions which have just been completed, or done recently. We often use already, just, recently (for positive sentences) and yet (for negative sentences and questions)

 

Examples:

 

  • Have you finished your work yet? No, I haven’t finished yet.
  • I have just had a phone call from my office.
  • We have just met our friends for coffee.
  • I haven’t seen him recently.
  • I’ve just returned from my holidays.
  • I’ve just finished reading this great book.
  • I have already completed all the exercises.

 

To practice, when you are about to finish an activity, think about it in English and say“We’ve just had dinner.”, “I’ve just brushed my teeth.”, “Our post hasn’t arrived yet.”
 
 
Present Perfect tense can be used in many situations. Make sure you practise it as often as you can. Follow our *TT post to gain confidence.

 

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

 

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