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Is it not uncommon to omit “have” or “has” of present perfect sentences in informal conversations?

When reading online articles, I often come across sentences like "I never seen . . .", which apparently looks either "have" or "'ve" is omitted after "I". Here ...
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Tense agreement when one recent activity is interrupted by another

I wrote this sentence but I'm not convinced the tenses are correct. I've been waiting for this book for a few weeks, and it has just come out In the first clause, I used present perfect continuous ...
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Which is correct, and why? “My friend hasn't / hadn't been in church in two weeks”

Which one is correct and why? "My friend hasn't been in church in two weeks." or "My friend hadn't been in church in two weeks." These sentences make it difficult to know the ...
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“I lived in” vs. “I have lived in” in context

Let's say I lived in the US two years ago and I want to mention the fact that I have the experience of living there without mentioning when I did it. Do I say I lived in the US or I've lived in the US?...
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“I’ve just had a dumb rush of luck.” What does this sentence mean? And why is it present perfect tense?

Context: “Very close. All you need to do is roll a seven in any combination. Two and five. Three and four. Six and one. You see? The odds favor you, my sweet. It’s very easy. I’ve just had a dumb rush ...
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Do sentences in present perfect tense have multiple possible interpretations?

As a native Czech speaker I have always been puzzled about the present perfect tense in English, since we don't really have any similar language phenomenon in our language and thus it's very hard to ...
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Past Perfect instead of Present Perfect? [closed]

In these 2 songs, the Past Perfect is used and I don't understand why It's like I woke up one day and suddenly I grew up. I can't remember what had happened, it was all too abrupt" From: ...
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enjoyed OR have enjoyed?

Should I choose ENJOYED or HAVE ENJOYED in this situation ?And WHY ? I (enjoyed/have enjoyed) working with my company but now I want to look for another job. I think it should be 'I enjoyed ' because ...
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Can we omit the preposition FOR when show how long something has been happening/has happened and so on

Came across two sentences w/o for and became curious if it's correct and appropriate. They have been together __ four years. I have been waiting __ two hours, can't believe she stood me up.
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Present Perfect Tense vs Past Perfect Tense

1). Something has happened in the past twenty years that surely must transcend anything that has happened before. 2). Something has happened in the past twenty years that surely must transcend ...
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Why “I hadn't noticed” instead of “I didn't notice”/“I haven't notice”?

I see that I hadn't noticed is commonly used by native speakers, more than the pair I didn't notice and I haven't noticed ,in the following example People are being more careful nowadays, don't you ...
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What verb tense should I use?

-------Just for the context------- Imagine yourself sitting on a couch, with your friend in crime, in an empty motel room, talking with each other about this enormous diamond you stole 2 days ago from ...
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Grammatical doubts for present perfect and present perfect continuous

I was trying to solve grammar exercise and I came through this question. I have started to play tennis, and I have been taking singing lessons for a few month. My question is why we use have been ...
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use the present tense in the sentence

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 &...
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Omitting “have” in Perfect aspect

I often see phrases like: I just seen her. He just found out. Are they correct in terms of grammar?
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Which sentence is better? Is present perfect needed to say that something happened only once?

Once I have seen a little boy about 5-7 years old taking a grandmother across the street alone! Once I saw a little boy of 5-7 years old moving his grandmother across the road alone! Which sentence ...
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is it better with past perfect continuous in this case

I've been trying to find this song since 2009. my dad played it and I recorded a clip from 0.59 to 1.01 and with the help of sound hound I finally found it! Why not "I had been trying" ...
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What is the purpose of Present Perfect in the phrase “Houston, we've had a problem”

I learned that the popular cliché phrase "Houston, we have a problem." actually sounded as: 055:55:35 Lovell: Ah, Houston, we've had a problem. We've had a Main B Bus Undervolt. I am ...
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present perfect to express the future

August 11, 2020, 12:10 am Arrival at Post Office FRANCE Your item has arrived at the delivering post office in FRANCE at 12:10 am on August 11, 2020. I don't understand the "has arrived"the ...
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Use Present Perfect Progressive to demand an explanation?

So I've been taught that Present Perfect Progressive is sometimes used to emphasize the continuity of an action, as an explanation or an excuse: I'm so tired because I've been running for two hours. ...
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Did you have a holiday recently? vs Have you had a holiday recently?

Could you explain it's possible to use the Past Simple with key word "recently" or must always be the Present Perfect? I have two sentences. Is the first sentence wrong? If I use the Past ...
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which is the better option to express continuation?

I have been playing a lot today. I have played a lot today. Can either be used if the day isn't over and I might continue playing? Or does the present perfect mean I have stopped playing for the day?
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Adjectives or Verbs in phrase “He has been .. ”

Are these all adjectives tired, selected, hired? He has been tired to study. He has been selected as an entertainer at the party. The job I had been hired to do was no longer needed. Or, these are ...
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Tense differences

What are the differences between these clauses? 1.I learned English for 2 years. 2. I learned English in 2 years. 3. I have learned English for 2 years. 4. I have learned English in 2 years.
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Usage of perfect versus past

Fill in the blank using verbs given in bracket. Thomas failed all his exams and left school with no qualifications, yet this 30 year old fire fighter ______(go) into the Guinness book of records by ...
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Adverbs of frequency in passive voice present perfect constructions

With adverbs of frequency, we place the adverb before a main verb, after 'to be' and between auxiliary verbs and the main verb. What happens when the sentence is in the present perfect passive voice, ...
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“I never saw it before” vs. “I have never seen it before”

Is there any difference in meaning between I never saw it before and I have never seen it before when talking about life expriences? For example: I never saw such a big fish in real life before. This ...
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Which one is correct? “I am glad to be taught by you” or “I am glad to have been taught by you”?

I want to tell my teacher that I am glad to have her as my teacher. Can I say "I am glad to be taught by you" or "I am glad to have been taught by you"?
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Have been vs Was

I have been brought up in London. I was brought up in London what is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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“you've ever seen” VS “you ever seen”

What is the most beautiful place you have ever seen? What is the most beautiful place you ever saw? Is any of the questions grammatically wrong? If not there is any semantic difference between them?
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difference between had and have/has had

I am just confused about how to use have/has had David has had a nice car. David had a nice car. May I know which sentence is correct and why, and please let me know how to use have/has had.
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connotation difference between “have debated” and “have been debating”

It is said that the present perfect continuous tense is used to: describe the duration of an ongoing action; emphasize the effect of a recent action on the present. However, I have also seen the ...
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Past perfect or Present Perfect in these situations?

I've seen these sentences in the British Council website: He was a good guitarist. He'd been playing since childhood I'd been watching that programme since it started, but I missed the last episode ...
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How long is it? Vs How long has it been?

1). How long is it since you were in London? 2). How long has it been since you were in London? What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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Has Been usage in different contenxts

Patanjali Ayurveda’s claimed cure for Covid-19 has been criticised for making unsubstantiated claims of efficacy. What does this mean? It was criticised some time back and that effect is still there ...
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She has been diagnosed vs she was diagnosed

What is the difference between she has been diagnosed with cancer vs she was diagnosed with cancer
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present perfect tense vs present perfect progressive tense

I came to know that both "a)She has walked for two hours" and "b)she has been walking for two hours" mean the same, that she started walking two hours back and still walking. So ...
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present perfect tense vs Present perfect continous tense usage

1)I have been waiting to do this for a long time. 2)I have waited to do this for a long time. Which one is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference in meaning between them??
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when in this expression “it has been a long time since ”can we use present perfect"

why can't we say it has been a long time since you have released a record (it has been a long time since you released a record is much better) Actually you're talking about a point of time when the ...
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Usage and meaning of the question “when have you/I/we ever done…?”

Every grammar books that the of the question word when with the present perfect is a big no-no because it's totally incorrect. But in the sixth episode of the eighth season of Friends they actually ...
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“How long since you did…? vs. ”how long since you have done…?"

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? How long since you saw Kate? How long sinch you have seen Kate? Actually I would've thought that the firt one ...
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“Advances in the past have inspired expectations that have not been met.”

Advances in the past have inspired expectations that have not been met. Does this sentence only mean that 'inspiring expectations' has been made after 'advances in the past'? Because if 'inspiring ...
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Is there any discernible difference between these two sentences?

He has been slacking off on the couch just before you got here? He had been slacking off on the couch just before you got here?
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Using present perfect after the preposition “to”

I saw the following sentence in a movie: He seems to have come out of nowhere What is rule behind using present perfect after "seems to"
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Present perfect tense vs Present perfect continous tense

I have eaten food for two hours. I have been eating food for two hours. Are both sentences correct? Do they mean same thing that, "They started eating two hours back and eating even now" ? ...
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Present perfect vs present perfect continous tenses [duplicate]

I have been trying to contact you all these days. I have tried to contact you all these days. I know that first sentence is correct. What about second sentence? Is it correct? If yes, what is the ...
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The difference between a point in the past and something that still continues

So I have 3 sentences: Why didn’t you send it to me yet? (And that means that they did not send package to me and can’t send it anymore because the deadline passed right?) Why haven’t you sent it ...
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perfect continous and perfect tenses

1) For the last six months I have been working on the thesis. 2)For the last six months I have worked on the thesis. I know that first sentence is correct. It means I started working six months ...
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why present perfect continuous in this case

. Ive just realised that I've not been receiving consistent notifications from Bandcamp over the past 8 months i just was wondering why it is not have not received: Is it because he received ...
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You can go outside + simple present vs. present perfect

Is there any difference in these sentences? You can go outside when you complete your work. You can go outside when you have completed your work. Are they both interchangeable? If not then what is ...

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