Learn Present Perfect Easily in 9 Minutes

  • Published on:  Friday, July 10, 2020
  • Learn Present Perfect easily in 9 minutes
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    The Present Perfect is used to indicate a link between the present and the past. The time of the action is before now but not specified, and we are often more interested in the result than in the action itself.

    To make the positive present perfect tense, use:
    • 'have' / 'has' + the past participle
    • Make the past participle by adding 'ed' to regular verbs (for example, 'play' becomes 'played')
    • There are a few verbs that change their spelling when you add 'ed' (for example, 'study' becomes 'studied')
    • We also have some completely irregular verbs

    The negative is really simple too. Just put 'not' after 'have' or 'has'.

    To make a question, put 'have' or 'has' in front of the subject.

    We use the Present Perfect:
    1. To talk about unfinished actions or states or habits that started in the past and continue to the present:
    I’ve lost my keys (so I can’t get into my house)
    2. To talk about life experience.
    Melany has been to France four times
    3. With an unfinished time word (today, this week, this month, this year, etc.)
    They have drunk too much tea today

    Signal words tell you what tense you have to use. For the Present Perfect the following words are used quite often:
    • just
    • yet
    • never
    • already
    • ever
    • so far
    • recently
    • since
    • for

    The main difference between the Present Perfect and the Past Simple is that we use the Present Perfect to talk about unfinished actions and we use the Past Simple to talk about finished actions:
    I’ve worked here for five years (and I still work here)
    I worked here for five years (I no longer worker here)

    Time codes:
    0:00 The most confusing English tense
    0:39 The thing you need to remember about the Present Perfect
    1:11 How to form the Present Perfect tense (positive)
    3:32 What you should never do on tests
    4:34 How to form the Present Perfect tense (negative)
    4:48 How to form the Present Perfect tense (question)
    5:51 When we need to use Present Perfect
    7:42 Quick test
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