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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Is it better to match the tense in this case

As you have cancelled my order ,don't change anything .But if you can let me know why you cancelled it that would be nice . What do you think of the use of past simple is it justified? I think so ...
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I have had my phone stolen

once i came across a phrase I have had my phone stolen and I had had my ears removed I understand the meaning, but what's the grammatical rule regulates it? I have googled passive voice, ...
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Confused about the usage of present perfect tense

My problem is whether present prefect tense means that the result of a past action still exists or it means that the action itself is still happening or still important. When I say "I've lost my book" ...
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Should use present perfect tense or the past tense for this sentence

My father gave me \ has given me my name. Well the action "giving my name" happened and finished in the past, but my name has never been changed since that time so the action still affects on the ...
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Why present perfect continuous in this sentence?

Why present perfect continuous in this sentence? Today, (Monday 1st July) at XXXXX we had a bit of a catch up on who we've been watching over the weekend at Glasto and listened to some jungle ...
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It has rained a lot since June

In "It has rained a lot since June," when did the rain occur? And in "It has only rained twice since June," when did the two rain sessions occur? Could the said rain have occurred in June?
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The use of the present perfect followed by the past simple

Is the use of the past simple correct in the following context? Person A: Have you ever argued with your girlfriend? Person B: Yes, I have. Person A: what did you argue about? Should ...
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It's been great 10 months vs It was great 10 months

I heard people who just got back from trips say it's been great 10 months Even tho the trip is finished, they don’t really say “it was great 10 months” Why is it? I don't really get the subtle ...
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You have been there 5 hours, it is a new record!

I have been trying to comprehend the difference between present perfect and present perfect continuous. So I came up with the situation, I say "Dude, get out from the toilet, you have been seating ...
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Present Perfect with “one of these days”

I was going to ask a question on Stack Overflow, and start it like so: One of these days I've run into an issue, where... But then I thought, is this really okay to use Present Perfect with "one ...
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“As we have seen” vs. “As we saw”

What is the difference in meaning between "As we have seen" and "As we saw" when occured in a book in the following context: As we have seen/saw, [a description of a phenomenon that occured earlier ...
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“Has someone smoked” vs. “Has someone been smoking”

If I come into a room full of smoke, should I ask: A: "Has someone smoked here?" or: B: "Has someone been smoking here?" I can literally see the smoke, but the person who was smoking has ...
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tense with “since” when talking about dead people's lives

Is it correct to use the present perfect in the following? If not, how would you revise it? Charles Dickens left school to work in a factory and has since become a professional writer. I'd ...
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Do we use “since” or “just” in the present perfect?

Which one is correct in the present perfect: since or just? For example: A: I have been here just only last year. B: I have been here since only last year.
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The use of the present perfect and the past perfect in context

Tell me please which tense is the most apt to use in the following context. Rob, do you often drink soft drinks? I haven't thought about that. Rob, do you often drink soft drinks? I hadn't ...
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the present perfect tense with an incomplete period of time

I turned off the light before leaving this morning. If 'this morning' is not over yet, is 'have turned off' also OK? Because the present perfect tense is used to express actions happening in an ...
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Does “would have submitted” (modal and past participle) have any sense of perfect aspect?

I've always thought like that 'have' between a modal and a past participle is nothing but a grammatical method of indicating the past tense of modal. But recently I saw a video saying that in the ...
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Present perfect or past simple choose rigth

I have this exercise. Choose the correct form: They had/They have had three children - I'm the youngest. I chose "They have had three children- I'm the youngest" because I thought they still ...
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Present perfect or simple past

Which of the following is correct? It has been two hours since I have left LA. It has been two hours since I left LA. I know everyone will pick 2 but why one is 1 is not correct as we use ...
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Can Present Perfect with a stative verb be used to describe a finished action?

I learned that if a stative verb was used in present perfect form, this would indicate an unfinished/continuing action, i.e "I have liked pasta since I was a baby." However, there are also cases such ...
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Is it always okay to put “now” in a sentence when the tense is present perfect? [closed]

Is it always okay to put "now" in a sentence For any context or with any verb when the tense is present perfect?
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Can I use a past tense clause after a present perfect one?

Can I use a past tense clause after a present perfect one , for example, like this : It has just crossed my mind so I added it. In this sentence, I only want to emphasize the first action to be ...
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incomplete visit - Have you gone to the store yet?

When studying about the present perfect tense, I learned we use "gone to" instead of "been to" if the visit is not complete. But today I saw the sentence below in Grammar in Use intermediate. Have ...
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Present/Past perfect with 'Recent'/'Yesterday'

Which sentence is correct? Recently they have watched a new film and now we are expecting their mind about it. Recently they had watched a new film and now we are expecting their mind about ...
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“Have you been swimming?” and “have you just swum?”

If I meet my friend as he is leaving the swimming pool, I know I can ask: Have you been swimming? But can I also say "have you just swum?" instead of the question above? If so, do the two ...
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Have you <been working> <worked> hard?

a. You look tired. Have you been working hard? b. You look tired. Have you worked hard? My book (Grammar in use Intermediate) says that "a" is correct. And my answer was also "a". But I want to ...
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Have been Vs was/were

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-48339080 There have been seven weeks of protests outside the site from which "hundreds" of pupils were kept away on Monday. Why does the ...
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Why present perfect tense\past tense is used in these sentences?

I used this link to practice on present perfect tense, and I have some questions: Colin has left / left for Brazil this morning. The correct answer is "left"; however, I think both answers are ...
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You haven't felt the fire, had a little fun, hadn't had a smile in a little while

It's from a song called "Blue Ain't Your Color": Well, it's probably not my place But I'm gonna say it anyway 'Cause you look like You haven't felt the fire Had a little fun Hadn't had a ...
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the difference between the present perfect simple and continuous - She's been playing tennis since she was eight

She's been playing tennis since she was eight. Does the meaning of the sentence above change if I use the present perfect simple as below? She's played tennis since she was eight.
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present perfect vs present perfect continuous confusion

I have a confusion between present perfect tense and present perfect continuous tense. Here I describe a situation. Ram read story book from his childhood day. Ram preferred reading story book when ...
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“Recently my imagination works badly” is the sentence correct or not?

I want to know what time tense should I use in this sentence? I know that an adverb "Recently" is allowed to use only with the present/past perfect tenses. So I can't use it with the present simple, ...
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“have something accoplished”

I'm just wondering why we can say "What do you want to have accomplished in ten years ?" is it right to use "have something done " in such sentence ? or we use present perfect here... im confused
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a finished activity in the recent past - present perfect simple vs present perfect continuous

I have been studying about 'present perfect continuous' and found out that we use the tense to talk about a finished activity in the recent past. (source) e.g., I’ve just been cleaning the car. (The ...
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“I've known her very well” vs. “I know her very well”

Jane and I are friends. (I know / I've known) her very well. The answer is 'I know'. I want to know why 'I've known' cannot be the answer in this short question.
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“have been playing” or “have played”?

Which phrase is more grammatically correct? 1) I have been playing cricket for last 2 years. Or 2) I have played cricket for last 2 years.
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My watch *is* ended?

Famously , Jon Snow says in S06E03 Now my watch is ended. While Jon Snow might know nothing I will presume he at least knows English grammar and so that "is" happens to be correct. I know even ...
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Present Perfect study English

I study English I don’t understand this sentence: "I think most of you have probably received a tin of her cookies over the years" Why someone used Present Perfect?
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“I learned” vs “I have learned” when it comes to past experiences that have indirect connection to the present?

I'm writing a blog post about my experience in college and I'm not sure which of following titles should I use: 10 Life Lessons I Learned After Leaving College 10 Life Lessons I Have Learned After ...
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Can we use 'was' instead of 'had been' keeping meaning?

Here is two sentences: By 100 AD, the Roman Empire had been defeated. By 100 AD, the Roman Empire was defeated. Is 2nd one going to keep meaning of the 1st one?
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I didn't notice until now that he left - past simple or present perfect?

I have thought that that when something that I can notice continues up to the present, I should use present perfect. For example: I have not noticed until now that his car is white. When the ...
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Have gone or have been to the cinema [duplicate]

How would I say? I have gone to the cinema twenty times this year Or I better say: I have been to the cinema twenty times this year
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How long haven't you done your homework?

Is it ok to ask: "How long haven't you eaten oranges?" or "How long haven't you done your homework?" Does it sound strange for native speakers? And the answer like " I haven't eaten oranges ...
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Why not present perfect continuous in this case

Mary has walked to work everyday for the last 6 weeks. Why not has been walking as it has happened continuously for the last 6 weeks and we can suppose it is a temporary thing is it because of ...
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Has it rained/been raining at all since?

I want to know if rain occurred occasionally in France since the last time I went there, which is February. I would ask " Has it rained at all in France since February?". Is this correct? Could I ...
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Using “Since” with past simple

Which is more accurate "This was the context of multiple questions I asked since I started working here." Or "This was the context of multiple questions I have asked since I started working here."...
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When should we use present perfect tense

I am a English Learner. I am very bad regarding tense. Somewhere in the youtube in the comment section I got a comment about a topic How many match box have you used? . As per my knowledge the ...
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Usage of 'have had'

The following is a line from the novel 'Atlas shrugged' by Ayn Rand. Why, then—she wondered—should he have had to carry a burden of tragedy which, in silent endurance, he had accepted so completely ...
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How can that be correct: “Have you ever been fishing”?

In a british movie, two students in a boarding school are sitting in a classroom environment and are talking about their school and teacher. Student A: I wish the teacher would let us go fishing. ...
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{listened/have listened} the recordings {several/too many} times

If I want to say to anyone that I listened the recordings several times today. I have listened the recordings too many times today. Which form is the correct form of the sentence? If none, ...