Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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.

0
votes
2answers
36 views

“I should have studied last night, but I didn't.” (tense choice)

I should have studied last night, but I didn't. I've come across this sentence in a grammar book. Why the present perfect is used after "should", but the past simple is used to say "I didn't"? The ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

He has wasted his time when he was at university. (tense choice)

Could you please tell me whether the sentence He has wasted his time when he was at university. is grammatical? What seems a little bit confusing is that the the present tense (has wasted) refers ...
1
vote
0answers
13 views

“Been quite a trip, it has” - Correct or Incorrect?

I came across a phrase which was used in a random American TV series. The phrase looks like this: Been quite a trip, it has I highly doubt it's grammatically incorrect. I also have tried to find ...
2
votes
1answer
34 views

before I've even used the bathroom

Woman: It was a mistake. Man: Since when do you make mistakes? Woman: What's that supposed to mean? Man: It means I'm sick of you being so damn perfect all the time. I-I'm sick of ...
2
votes
1answer
22 views

Present Perfect referring to the Future?

I have a grammar exercise which is: "Time Clauses Referring to the Future. Compare the sentences, how does the meaning change when the Present Perfect is used?" Come over and see us when our guests ...
4
votes
3answers
91 views

Why is my hair wet?

I have finished washing my hair and it is still wet. Why is my hair wet? Because I have washed it. (focus is on the final result) Because I have been washing it. (focus is on the action) To ...
2
votes
3answers
31 views

Is it correct to use “ever” with the present perfect?

Is it correct to say Have you ever been to [some country]? The present perfect already assumes the time period preceding the moment of asking the question, right? So the usage of "ever" seems to ...
3
votes
1answer
40 views

“you have ordered” vs “you ordered”

Why does the author prefer to use present perfect in this case? I have included all the records you have ordered Why not ordered as the two orders were made quite a long time ago (6 months and 8 ...
1
vote
2answers
46 views

“has not seen” versus “has not been seen”

In the sentence The ocean, 95% of which has not (seen/been seen) before. I know that the correct answer is "been seen". Why do I use been, the past tense of "to be"? Is there a better way to ...
2
votes
2answers
30 views

Have not vs Have never

Can someone please tell me what the difference is between the two phrases: Have not and Have never? As far as I know, "have not" is usually used to mean that something has not happened in a period ...
0
votes
2answers
26 views

“was acquainted with” or “have acquainted with”?

I can not decide which one is correct or more accurate for using. I have acquainted with structure of remote control in primary school. I was acquainted with structure of remote control in ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

How long you been waiting to spring that on me? Is the sentence correct?

Is it a wrong sentence of present-perfect? but I heard a native speaker said it. Does it lack 'have' before 'you'?
1
vote
1answer
22 views

That's what has him disappointed

Is the sentence "That's what has him disappointed" equal to "That's what has disappointed him"? Is it the present perfect in the "That's what has him disappointed"?
1
vote
2answers
39 views

Should this sentence use past or present tense?

In a movie after a failed shoot-out, villain said: That was the worst effing shoot-out I have ever seen in my life. Is this grammatically OK? I have seen usage like It is the best thing that ...
1
vote
2answers
31 views

Does every present perfect sentence have some kind of connection between what happened in the past and the present time?

We use the present perfect tense to address something that happened in the past, but we don't specify precisely when it happened. We also use present perfect to suggest some kind of connection between ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

Stative verbs with present perfect simple

First of all, 1. Can I use stative verbs with the present perfect simple? For example, know is a stative verb, Can I say: Have you known my real name is John? In sentence about I meant to ask, *...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

3 forms of Present-Perfect Tense? [duplicate]

So I am studying tenses and while going through Past-Perfect Tense I am stumped. My research shows that Past-Perfect can be used to show three kinds of timelines (don't know if this is the right word ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

“be made of gold”

Our houses have made of gold [Present Perfect tense] Our houses were made of gold [Past Simple tense] Our houses are made of gold I don’t understand why some people prefer to use are + past ...
0
votes
2answers
48 views

Is “I have posted the letter last week” grammatical?

Is this sentence grammatically OK? Take a look at this sentence: I have certainly posted the letter last week. I wonder why it hasn't arrived yet. So what is the problem with this sentence? I took ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

How should I differentiate “from” and “since” to express time in present perfect?

In the following sentence: I have known her since her birth. This is the correct sentence. However, I also came up with the following sentence: I have known her from her birth. However, I ...
1
vote
1answer
26 views

Present perfect Vs. Simple past in Question form

I've learnt Present perfect express the more of results than the action itself. She has gone there. Such as this above means, "she went there, so she's not here now". But when you use in question ...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

“Have you known” or “Did you know”?

First of all, I know it has been mentioned before but I'm not sure which is correct. I've been learning about the Past Simple and the Past Perfect and if I've understood correctly, well, in high level:...
0
votes
2answers
50 views

been to & gone to: a general rule for specific cases

I understand been to is used for a complete visit and gone to refers to a trip taking place now or the person being there. My question is about the times where it's gets a bit shady. Based on what I ...
2
votes
3answers
40 views

Tense with “recently”

Should I use recently with simple past or present perfect?  I recently bought a mobile. It has very good features with a four-GB ram. I just love the mobile. I have recently bought a mobile. It has ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

Future prediction: if this happens… it will have… (future perfect tense)

Let's say global warming will hit its peak by 2020 (warmest earth). You want to say this in English, your prediction goes like this: If global warming continues to the future, by 2020, it will have ...
4
votes
1answer
67 views

Have/Had never risen so high

Should I use the present perfect or the past perfect in the following context? Last year, a tragic bus accident happened in Kolkata. At least 60 people died in the accident. The bus driver was ...
3
votes
2answers
729 views

I HAD / HAVE never seen a match like that before!

"Have never seen" or "Had never seen": Which one is correct in the following context? If they are both correct, then which one would you prefer? John, did you see the match between Liverpool and ...
2
votes
2answers
42 views

I don't understand why past simple in one case and present perfect in the other

Following sentences, Sorry for the late reply, I was away for the weekend, I saw you had already placed another order so I owe you the extra 7€ you spent for the shipping, let me know if you ...
4
votes
6answers
610 views

Proper tense in “I've tested the program with this input data and it works”

Let's consider the conversation: This program doesn't work with this input data. I've tested the program with this input data and it does work. Is it right to use the present perfect here?...
1
vote
2answers
35 views

'Present perfect + three days before' is this correct?

I'm not a native-speaker, so sometimes present perfect is tricky to me. a. They stayed three days ago. (OK) b. They have stayed three days before. (???) c. They (have) stayed before. (OK) So, my ...
0
votes
2answers
23 views

Present Perfect + Adverb

What is the correct form of this sentence: "I have bought another product meanwhile"? Thanks!
0
votes
1answer
65 views

Tense choice with expressions denoting a finished time period, like “last night”, “yesterday”, “two days ago”

Have you called me last night? Did you call me last night? What's the difference between these sentences?
0
votes
1answer
20 views

Active/Passive Present Perfect

Is below sentence passive present perfect tense or present perfect tense and married is adjective. They have been married for 20 years.
1
vote
1answer
15 views

Simple Present vs. Present Perfect

Source:https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/dec/18/court-challenge-to-hostile-environment-tenancy-scheme-begins Court challenge to hostile environment tenancy scheme begins. Why does the ...
0
votes
2answers
42 views

Proper tense in “I read the documentation but I didn’t find any information about requirements”

I read the documentation but I didn’t find any information about requirements. Is it right to use the simple past here? Or should I say it like this: I've read the documentation but I haven’t ...
0
votes
2answers
40 views

the present perfect referring to habitual actions

Can the present perfect be used to refer to habitual actions as follows? John always has a smoke when he has taken a shower. Could the sentence convey the idea that his having a smoke habitually ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

Can we use present perfect for a finished event [duplicate]

My friend went to a concert of Bob Dylan 3 weeks ago. Today I met him and spoke with him about the concert. I know I can say, "hope you enjoyed the show," because the show is over, but would it be ...
0
votes
2answers
53 views

in case and the present perfect

I'd like to know whether the following sentence is okay in the present perfect: Some people buy lots of medical supplies in case an epidemic has broken out. There are sentences where "in case" ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

finished action vs unspecific time in the past

I know there are several rules when to use past simple or present perfect. for example specific words like :ago,yesterday,since,for,yet etc and in such cases is simple for me what tense to use but ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

why used “simple present” instead of “simple past” or “present perfect”

I didn't understand. Why did they use "simple present" instead of "present perfect" in this "Although I do not understand much yet"?. The Paragraph is below. Nepal is a fascinating country, but I ...
0
votes
2answers
43 views

Why present perfect is used with “ever”

Can someone tell me the logic behind it? For example- This is the best gift anyone has ever given to me. I can't figure out why perfect is epecially used in this sentence. On Google there is said ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

Difference between present perfect and present perfect continuous

What is the difference between the following 2 sentences? Or are they same? He has walked for an hour. He has been walking for an hour. Is it that in 1, he may not walk now and in 2, he is walking ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

“as great as has”

Which sentence is more correct and why? Einstein is as great a scientest as HAS ever lived. Or, Einstein is as great a scientist as ever lived.
0
votes
1answer
33 views

Using “since” without a time point in the past. Is it correct?

I have been reading a text from the sun newspaper, where a man is asking for advice from an expert about his girlfriend who left him. Here is the link of the text: https://www.thesun.co.uk/dear-deidre/...
0
votes
1answer
78 views

Is “have been concerned” in present perfect?

I'm a bit confused with the present perfect form. I know that it is formed using has/have + past participle. But in the following sentence, there's a been included too. "Psychologists and the public ...
2
votes
2answers
288 views

“After you finish” vs. “After you have finished”

Is there any difference in meaning in the following sentence? After you finish your homework, call me. After you have finshed your homework, call me. I pretty often hear natives use after and ...
0
votes
0answers
42 views

We made/We have made memories

What is the difference between ‘we made memories’ and ‘we’ve made memories” ?
1
vote
0answers
51 views

Why is The Present Perfect form used in sentence with the past time marker? [closed]

Yesterday Google has released a new free course on developing Android apps with Kotlin. Check it out on Udacity: Here's a link on Twitter I'm confused with such using of Past Perfect, i.e. I ...
0
votes
1answer
14 views

what is better in this case

please add this record to the parcel if you have found it or you found it I think both tenses are ok in this case but for me the first version is better because it has an impact on the present ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

Passive-voice and present-perfect

I'm learning passive-voice and something is really confusing for me. I learnt that I can't say "Hamlet has been written by Shakespeare" because Shakespeare is dead so there's no link with the present ...