Questions tagged [present-perfect]

For questions about use of the present perfect, a verb construction which implies a present state arising out of a past eventuality.

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I saw/have seen him while I was there

Let’s say that while on a vacation I run across someone I knew. By now, the vacation has already ended. Which of the following sentences is correct? I saw him while I was there. I’ve seen him while I ...
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"It wasn’t always like that" / "It hasn’t always been like that"

It wasn’t always like that. It hasn’t always been like that. If I understand correctly, the first sentence tells us the situation can't be changed now or in future. But what tells the second sentence?...
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was just here / has just been here

He was just here, but he has gone away. He has just been here, but he has gone away. Which sentence is idiomatic? I suppose the first one because we need to show the difference in his location.
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Present perfect and the use of "Today"

I understand that present perfect can be used with "today" if "today" isn't finished. So if I say: "I've seen him today" it is still today and the fact that I've seen him ...
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<have> never had a girlfriend

Peter is a soldier. He's been fighting in a battle for days. Suppose he's now fatally injured. He's going to die soon. Lying in the arms of his army friend, he says, I've never had a girlfriend. I'...
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We've never seen a real dinosaur

Dinosaurs were extinct long ago. We, the humans in the 21st century, have never seen a real dinosaur. We, the humans in the 21st century, never saw a real dinosaur. Why is the second sentence ...
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before vs in the past

Are "before" and "in the past" interchangeable in these sentences? They've been to Italy before. They've been to Italy in the past. I've eaten sushi several times before. I've ...
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Mary has never been to that library in the past

Mary has never been to that library in the past, but now she regularly goes there. "Now she regularly goes there" doesn't refer to the moment of speaking, but the extended sense of "...
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We haven't had a way to pay for any drugs in the past

I was wondering why this sentence works with the present perfect. We haven't had a way to pay for any drugs in the past, but now we do. Present perfect refers to a time interval which continues up ...
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Jane's often visited the museums before

What's the difference between these two sentences? Are "in the past" and "before" used interchangeably? Jane's often visited the museums in the past. Jane's often visited the ...
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I was burned several times in the past

What's the difference between these two italicized sentences? I've been burned several times in the past. The only time I was badly injured was two years ago. I was burned several times in the past. ...
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in the past /before in present perfect and past simple

Does "in the past" work well both in the past simple and present perfect? Does "before" work better in the present perfect than in the past simple? Here are four groups of ...
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where it has been trading in the past

When you look at the euro and where it has been trading in the past, it is not as low as most people imply it is. I don't think "in the past" works well with present perfect. So, I'd like ...
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I have never experienced an allergic reaction before

I have never experienced an allergic reaction before. Does it imply I'm experiencing an allergic reaction at the moment of speaking?
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This year's murder rate is the lowest it has been since 2000

I think the first sentence is correct. But is the second sentence correct? Actually I've found lots of examples like the second sentence in an English corpus. This year's murder rate is the lowest it ...
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I've lost my key vs I lost my key just now

Present perfect can describe something that happened in the past, but which still has a impact on the present: I've lost my key. Can I use the past simple to describe this effect? For example: I ...
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Passive sentences

Is it correct to say the following sentences? Jack's money was stolen in the train. and My car has been stolen. I'm going to call the police. Should I use past simple or present perfect when ...
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It's been over 20 years since John has lived in that country

I've just come from a closed thread, without seeing a clear answer (since John has died). I don't know if I can discuss this question here. It's been over 20 years since I've lived on that street* ...
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This year is the fifth year

It's been five years since he moved to America. Five years ago, he moved to America, and he still lives there today. Can I change it to This year is the fifth year it has been since he moved to ...
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She's been banned from tennis for five years

She's been banned from tennis for five years. I think this sentence means she has received a decision which bans her from the tennis game. This ban lasts five years. Suppose it has been three years ...
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Present perfect simple + a period of time

I'm looking for verbs that can't go with a period of time when they're used in present perfect simple.(For example, I've learnt how to swim for two weeks.) In my opinion, the following verbs fall into ...
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“I had a whole life” or “I have had a whole life”. Can you help me?

Last night I read a book, called The Hunger Games, and it was write “I had a whole life.” I am questioning myself because for me Having a whole life is related to the present, it means she has had a ...
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John has "persuaded" me to keep off alcohol

John has persuaded me to keep off alcohol many times in the past year, but I haven't decided yet to give it up. In the sentence presented above, is persuade used correctly? I don't think so, because &...
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usage of memorize in Present perfect

George is doing his homework today. He needs to memorize 30 French words. Is the verb "memorize" used correctly in the following two sentences? George has memorized 30 French words for an ...
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have never thought vs had never known

Peter and Sarah don't like each other in my impression. But suppose someone has just told me that Peter would marry Sarah. In surprise, I said, I've never thought of that. (I think had is wrong, ...
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I've remembered to be faithful

Do the first pair of sentences mean the same? Here, remember means to keep in mind. I've remembered to be faithful to my wife. I've been remembering to be faithful to my wife. Do the second pair of ...
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I've been needing vs needed to see you this morning

Do the two sentences have the same meaning? In fact, I've been needing to see you this morning, but I didn't want to wake you up. In fact, I've needed to see you this morning, but I didn't want to ...
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it's been burned for two hours

The farmer has been away from home for many days. This morning, his cottage suddenly began to burn. Up to now, it's been burning for two hours. Can I change this boldface sentence to the following ...
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Tom has been wanting a computer for two years

Tom has been wanting a computer for two years. His dad has now decided to buy one for him next week. Can I change the first sentence to Tom has wanted a computer for two years. or Tom has often ...
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There hasn’t been a test in which he didn’t/hasn’t

Can anyone tell me which sentence is correct, and if they are both correct, what is the difference between them? There hasn’t been a test in which he didn’t cheat. There hasn’t been a test in which ...
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They have been boiled for 10 minutes

The eggs have been boiled for 10 minutes. What does this sentence mean? Does it mean that eggs were boiled for 10 minutes? Or does it mean the eggs have been boiling for 10 minutes and they continue ...
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I've never thought of that [before]

Do these two sentences have the same meaning? I've never thought of that. I've never thought of that before. To me, the first means I've never thought of that, and implies I still don't think of it ...
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I've never thought of it that way

I've never thought of it that way. Does this sentence have two different interpretations depending on different contexts? You're telling me a new perspective of thinking it. It's wonderful. I've ...
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I've hunted a wild boar before

I've hunted a wild boar before. The word "before" implies 1) I'm currently hunting a wild boar or 2) I'm planning to hunt one soon. But can it imply something else? Let me give you two ...
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he hasn't been home much lately

A wife complains to her friends about her husband, He hasn't been home much lately. Can I change it to these two sentences? He hasn't come home much lately. He hasn't gone home much lately.
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has only ever been captured once before?

In the following sentence, should "has only ever been" be re-written as "was only ever"? That portion of the sentence describes an event prior to the more recent one of more than ...
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Can "have not" be used when you talk about your experience?

"I have never been to Disneyland." This is about my experience, isn't it? "I have not been to Disneyland." Can this sentence have the same meaning? Or does that mean that I am ...
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I've always trusted Peter before or until now

Which sentence is better? I've always trusted Peter before. I've always trusted Peter until now. Now I don't trust him; I've just found he cheated on me. I think "before" is more natural ...
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I've never eaten sushi before or until now

scenario 1: I'm eating sushi. scenario 2: I'll eat sushi in a couple of minutes. I say to my friends who sit besides me, I've never eaten sushi before. I've never eaten sushi until now. Do both ...
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how long have the eggs been boiled

Which make sense in the following context? How long have the eggs been boiled? How long has it been since the eggs were boiled? How long has it been since the eggs've been boiled? Seven days. They ...
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How long have the eggs been being boiled?

I guess this conversation might be unusual. But does the wife's question make sense to you? Let's suppose they don't have a timer. Wife: How long have the eggs been boiling? Husband: Six minutes. Wife:...
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This computer's always belonged to me

The word "never" negates all the time, and any time up to now in the present perfect tense. This computer's never belonged to me. If I want to express the opposite of the meaning, which ...
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Present perfect continuous or simple: a question of style

In a test I found this sentence about a young designer called Sue Thomas. She has sold clothes to a lot of famous people including film stars and singers, and she thinks she will be rich soon. I am ...
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I've exercised for two months

Some native speakers think this sentence is wrong: I've exercised for two months. They say it's wrong because it means I've been exercising 24*7 nonstop for two months. This reason, however, doesn't ...
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I saw Mary two years ago for the last time

It's been 2 years since I saw Mary for the last time. implies I won't see Mary forever. I wonder whether the following sentence also means the same: I saw Mary two years ago for the last time.
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I haven't been to the gym since June

I know it is right to say "I've gone to or been to the gym many times since June" according to the answers to my other recent question. But if I want to use the negative form, do both ...
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I've been to Japan many times since 2010

I've been to Japan many times since 2010. I've gone to Japan a few times since 2020. Are the two sentences both correct? In these sentences, does "been to" mean the same as "gone to&...
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I've gone to or been to a gym regularly

I started to go to a gym regularly in May. Now I continue this habit. What should I say to express this idea? I've been to a gym regularly since May. or I've gone to a gym regularly since May. ...
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Past perfect or past simple; present perfect [closed]

I'm writing an essay in which I have these sentences, but I am not sure what tense I should use (past perfect to show that some events happened earlier than other or simple past just to show facts in ...
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Present perfect?

Is it correct to use have in this sentence? “I have blocked all of them and I’d like you to do the same.” If it is correct, why can’t I use it without have?

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