Present Perfect Tense
How do you use the present perfect tense when speaking in English? Many languages have a past tense to refer to past time, and a present tense to refer to present time. English has these, too, but it also has the present perfect tense, which related past actions to the present. For many English learners, it is difficult to understand the present perfect tense because it doesn’t exist in many other languages. Because of this, we will go through 5 examples when you should use the present perfect tense and NOT the past simple tense. We will go through 5 examples of the present perfect simple and past simple explained, looking at the use of each!
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How do we use the Present Perfect Simple?
Below you find a few examples of how we use the present perfect simple tense in English
- Today I’m going for coffee with Julie. I have known her for 10 years already!
- I have lost my keys and now I can’t get into my apartment
Here we use
- I have never been to Paris.
Here we use
- They have eaten Thai food.
The action again refers to
- I have just phoned
If there is an action that has just happened, we use
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