I have to do an exercise where I must use the present tense to fill the gap in this sentence :

Kim ----------- (never /be) abroad. She'd love to visit other countries.

Is my answer correct if I say "Kim has never been abroad"? I used the present perfect to answer?

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    I can't think of any other answer which would make sense, although it is not the present tense. – Kate Bunting Sep 7 '20 at 13:59
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    Present tense would be "Kim is not abroad.", but it doesn't connect with the next sentence very well. – Jack O'Flaherty Sep 7 '20 at 14:32
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    Technically, the present perfect is present tense - although it isn't normally what is meant by it. For example, Quirk et al. see the present perfect as a combination of present tense and perfect aspect, while Huddleston & Pullum see it as a combination of the present tense (in the primary tense system) and the perfect tense (in the secondary tense system). – rjpond Sep 7 '20 at 18:33
  • "She's always at home when I call her. Kim is never abroad." ?? – Old Brixtonian Sep 7 '20 at 23:09

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