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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 happen to be free now” or “I have happened to be free now” when talking about a present situation?

Do I say I happen to be free now or I have happened to be free now meaning that the circumstances are such that I am free at the moment? For example: I told you I was going to be busy, but I happen ...
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What does “It has happened twice a week” mean? [closed]

If it can have more than one meaning, I'd like to know them all. ;) Please, be as specific as possible.
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Is my English tutor mistaken? Perfect tenses seem incorrect in this sentence

This was a question given to me by an English tutor. I was asked to choose between the Present Perfect Simple, or the Present Perfect Continuous for of the verb. -> "We ____________ on the next ...
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I thought, I've thought or I've been thinking?

For example, 1. I have been thinking I wanna go abroad since I was a child. 2. I have thought I wanna go abroad since I was a child. 3. I thought I wanna go abroad since I was a child. Which is ...
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Using present perfect confusion

Scenario 1: I just met my friend and he asked me to play soccer at night and I just told him, "I haven't played soccer in a long time." Scenario 2: We just started to play and I couldn't pass ...
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What would be the difference if I use “never once” with perfect aspect sentences?

Suppose: I have never treated her like that. I know I can put more emphasis by saying I never once treated her like that. I am thinking of this sentence in perfect aspect. I am wondering what ...
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Have you seen Jane this morning? (meaning: this morning)

I have a question about the present perfect. A: Have you seen Jane this morning? (said in the morning) B: Yes, I have. I saw her an hour ago. Here, does "this morning" mean "from the early ...
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Can cause and effect be used in the same tense? [closed]

Are these tenses used correctly in these sentences? The prospects of self-isolation and the implementation of quarantine have brought about the need to accumulate food supplies, which has resulted ...
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Making these sentences into the past

How could I make these sentences into the past? On this day, I've completed 10 years of marriage. Should I use the past perfect tense? On that day, I'd completed 10 years of marriage. Or, ...
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“I have had it for a long time” or “I had it for a long time”?

Let's say you sold your car 1 year ago. Would you say: I'm sad I sold my car. I have had it for a long time. Or just I'm sad I sold my car. I had it for a long time. Are they both correct? I ...
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What's the difference between “lived”, “have lived”, “used to live”, and “would live”?

What's the differences between the below sentences and which of them is correct or more correct? It seems that all of them have the same meaning. If it's true, then which of them is more common in ...
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Why “wait” is used instead of “have waited”?

Why wait is used in the following text instead of have waited? Ben: Aw, I can’t believe it. I wait all school year to go on this trip, and now the queen of cooties is along for the ride. ...
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Present perfect vs present perfect continuous difference

1.How long have you stayed in hotel? 2.How long have you been staying in hotel? Are these both grammatically correct and have the same meaning? Or first mean I was in this hotel but now I am in ...
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What is the best choice in this case :present perfect simple or continuous?

As I buy many records from Australia, I have an australian friend who collects all the records bought there (I live in France) Today I received an email from my friend , he wanted to know if he could ...
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Can present continuous express a duration

I know that normally durations are expressed by perfect tenses but is it possible too use the present continuous to express a duration we are having the lockdown for weeks instead of we have been ...
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Is it idiomatic to use the present perfect simple to give an explanation for a present result?

I am tired because I have been climbing the Eiffel Tower. This focuses on the effort of climbing and the present perfect is used in an explanatory resultative fashion. I am tired because climbing the ...
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Past simple vs present perfect inquiry

When I meet someone and I doubt that I know him. Should I say : 1- I think we have met before. 2- I think we met before.
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In this case should I use present perfect progressive or simple

someone is stocking some stuff for me, this person lives in another country than me.Today I received an email from him asking me if he could send the stuff held now. I am answering him back and ...
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The use of the past perfect after the present perfect in one sentence

Could you tell if it's correct to use the past simple or the past perfect in the following sentence. I haven't mended the jeans that I tore. I haven't mended the jeans that I had torn. If ...
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which one is correct between how long haven’t we met or how long we haven’t met

1.How long haven’t we met each other ? 2.How long we haven’t met each other ? Which one is correct form of negative structure, please help me , thank you
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“I've been to London recently” vs “I went to London recently”?

I've been to London recently or I went to London recently? I was asked which of the two is correct and after thinking about it a for a bit I think I prefer the simple past version because "...
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Using Present Perfect tense after “when” to reference the future

Imagine I registered on a web store and bought a subscription in order to sell some stuff. I want to ask what happens to the items I have listed on the store when my subscription expires. I made up ...
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A child has been saying a sentence many times for 5 minutes, then now you answer: “I didn't get it”, “I don't get it”, or “I haven't got it”?

A child has been saying a sentence many times for 5 minutes, then now what would you answered: "I didn't get it", "I don't get it", or "I haven't got it"? I think "I haven't got it" is the ...
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rule for present perfect: the woman has ordered wine

The woman has ordered wine. In this sentence the woman has not yet received the wine? Or did the woman order in the current context, and maybe already received the wine?
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Present Perfect Tense With no PP?

Tom has been to China Am I right in thinking this sentence is present perfect? When forming the present perfect we use Has/have + been + past participle. In this sentence I cannot figure out what ...
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“found out that she had a boyfriend” Vs “found out that she has a boyfriend”?

are both sentences below grammatically correct? Her parents found out that she had a boyfriend. Her parents found out that she has a boyfriend. If yes, I guess, the first sentence implies that she ...
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“Before moving to Poland I have lived in Italy for 15 years”

Hey I'm writing my CV in three languages and I've been sitting in front my PC for most of the day so I'm starting to second guess myself. Is this sentence correct? Present perfect has always been a ...
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Grammar from Russian State Exam

To help my students get ready for RSE in English, I go to the official site of the exam and take some materials from there. Here's a grammar task that makes my feel at a loss. The story goes about ...
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Simple Past or Present Perfect when identifying who/what did something?

What fell there? or What has fallen there? I presume both are correct in AmE. But I've read in Michael Swan's Practical English Usage that it is preferable to use Simple Past when we want ...
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Is “has been done” used if it's done recently?

Here is the question and I think it got wrong answer, isn't it? As I said in the comment below the answer: As I know present perfect used when action completed recently. And Simple past when earlier ...
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Present-perfect related

Can the present perfect tense be used in this sentence: "After taking out my textbooks, I've stared at the blackboard for the entire day?"
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Choosing between Present perfect and Past perfect

The task is about choosing the past perfect/present perfect/past simple. And I am asking about the part with ‘change’: Last week, I (run) __ into an ex-girlfriend of mine. We (see, not) __ ...
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Why Present Perfect sometimes interpreted as “past action with indefeinite time span”?

There are several interpretations of Present Perfect. Couldn't you clarify this one: "past action with indefeinite time span"?
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How to know if past event has a result now?

Two sentences: I learned it in a school. I've reached the top. I've seen an explanation why in the first case Simple tense is used: This learning activity is in the past and finished. But ...
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I want to make witty comments, but I don't know if I used the tenses correctly or not

Should I use present perfect or simple past in the sentences below? Every man wants sex. If he doesn't, he just experienced it. Every man wants sex. If he doesn't, he has just experienced it. ...
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Have + Present Perfect Continuous

Doing some tasks in the textbook I stumbled across one sentence. Here is a small dialog. Do you have a headache ? Yes, I've had a headache all morning. Why do we use the present perfect tense ...
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I/I've borrowed it from my friend [duplicate]

I was wondering about past simple and present perfect lately. It was a long path of understanding these 2 tenses, I think I finally understand the meaning of "context" that can occur or not. When ...
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Construction to express: a present perfect action up until now and its future state

My pool has been closed for 10 days now and will continue (to be closed) for more than 2 weeks. Is it correct that way? Also, is there any construction that would sound better?
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Why we use has been in present perfect [duplicate]

It has been a nice trip - present perfect It was a nice trip -past How the first sentence could be present perfect because present perfect indicates something that has done recently then why we use ...
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Is Present Perfect Continuous a finished activity or is still continuing in this situation?

I have a doubt, perfect tenses confuse me a lot... Imagine this situation: Javi: Sorry learnprogramming (me), I have been watching an album and I forgot to call you, sorry. Imagine that a person ...
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Rare usage of perfect tenses (“to have been” and “to have done”) by Daniel Defoe

Reading "The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe, I run into the following excerpt: I say, after all this, any one would have thought that the native propensity to rambling which ...
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When someone says “I have decided to do something” does that mean they haven't done the thing as opposed when they say “I decided…”?

When someone says I have decided to do something does that mean they haven't done the thing as opposed when they say I decided to do something? For example: Kate has decided to go to the US ...
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A book that I'm reading says I've lived is correct instead of I've been living in this sentence

A) I've lived here since I was two years old. B) I've been living here since I was two years old. Someone please explain to me how is the second sentence incorrect here.
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present perfect and present continuous in one sentence

The present perfect and present continuous are a little bit challenging for me. Here: How are you feeling today? I hope you have fully recovered and you are having a good start of the week. If ...
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“I am living in London” and “I have lived in London”

Tell me please the difference between using Present Perfect and Present Continuous in these sentences. I am living in London. I have lived in London. The idea is to tell that right now I live in ...
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Present perfect for lasting action up to now

I have been getting / have gotten everything they have released so far I think both can fit but may be continuous is a bit better as it goes up to now and the action of getting is a continuous ...
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Can I use present perfect and present perfect continuous in the same situation?

The following examples are copied from British Council site. In both examples, actions started in the past and still happening now, and I want to make sure whether the usage of the two tenses is ...
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How to chose between the present perfect and the preterite form of a verb?

In the situation in which I want to say to someone on seeing them again after many months that I could not wait to see them again, should I say: "I missed you so much." or "I have missed you so much."?...
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Is it correct to use 'have had + verb (past participle)'?

A reward has been announced for the employees who have worked or have had worked hard. As far as I understand this is an example of present perfect tense. Here, have is an auxiliary verb and it will ...
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NYT: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…has instructed”

Not too long ago, an ELL user posted a question on Meta Stack Exchange (MSE). Unfortunately, it was wildly off-topic as it was clearly an English language question and soon after the author chose to ...

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