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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past tense vs present perfect vs past perfect

These are the words spoken by a cinema hero, about fight sequences in a newspaper interview But I have done riskier action scenes in my prime. Why "have done (present perfect format)" is used here?...
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Tense-Usage: Past simple/ Past perfect/ Present Perfect + Until now?

Which tense should I use with the expression until now? I've been feeling lonely... until now (as I've met you) I'd been feeling lonely... until now (as I've met you) I was feeling lonely....
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“everyone has read that book in high school” — “has read” vs. “read”

I feel like virtually everyone has read that book in high school. (The book in question is To Kill a Mockingbird.) Would it be correct to use the simple past here, provided that the speaker has ...
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completed vs ongoing action

Is my understanding correct? I have eaten at three restaurants since I arrived two weeks ago. From the moment I arrived until now I have been to three restaurants. These are completed actions and ...
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I realised + Past tense or Present tense?

"On calculating my annual carbon footprint recently, I realized how inadequate those efforts are." Source: https://commentwise.com/2019/12/06/will-the-rich-change-for-the-planet/ In the given ...
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'Have you ever..' question with 'go swimming/cycling/rollerblading…' phrases

There is an exercise in our English textbook where I should ask the question "have you ever...?" about my partner's experience. The partner should answer using a set of expressions and one of them is '...
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“Have been to” and past events

I'm always having trouble to construct sentences with Present Perfect which ask about events in the past. I want to ask "During the time that you lived in Siberia did you ever pay a visit to the ...
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“have done A and have put B” or “have done A and put B”

Essentially I am asking how verbal forms change if connected with 'and'. The meaning I want to convey is that 'I have done A' and 'I have put B'. Which of the following are correct semantically and ...
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Did you hear that or Have you heard that

Could you please help me to understand which sentence sounds more correct (and explain why), or suggest your own version? Did you hear that John has made a fortune with his new business? Have you ...
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I have made a bungee jump before vs I have made a bungee jump

Is there any difference in meaning between these two sentences: I have made a bungee jump before. I have made a bungee jump. Thanks in advance!
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“I was” vs “I have been”

I know we use present perfect tense to talk about past actions which has present relevences and simple past to talk about our past activities.When we use a stative verb in present perfect I see that ...
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Passive voice, Present Simple, Present Perfect

The washing machine was broken, but it is OK now. > It is repaired. vs It has been repaired. > Please explain the correct choice. Is it possible that both are correct here?
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How do we know when to use present perfect simple, present perfect continuous or past simple?

I have read a lot about the three of them. There are certainly a lot of rules on their usages. However, what I'm concerned about the most is how I can determine when to use one over the others. So I ...
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Signed vs has signed / first vs the first

I have a few dilemmas regarding grammar, and would like you to help me improve my written English, by fixing errors and explained me rules. It's for a project, the sentence would be like this: ...
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The main differences between Simple Past and Present Perfect

I'm writing this because: I kind of know the differences between them, but, when I see a native speaker or when I see it in a sentence, I get confused; I'm also not confident to know when to use ...
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Been there or Were there in this sentence? - Tense-Usage

Look at the bold clause He's been to France. It was fun. Although, he already was/has been here before. Which one should I use? I mean, to me, since the context creates some sort of timeline, I ...
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Text dexcribing my military service - not sure if correct, grammar-wise [closed]

I could use some help :) I know that you don't proofread, but I don't know where to ask. I had been recruited to the Military on the 20th of October, 2013. As a combat service supporter in the ...
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“Been so long *since*” + Present Perfect Tense

I'd like to ask: What's the meaning of present perfect using it after _been so long since_? For example: Someone phones me and says: It's been so long since I've talked to you. Or for ...
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Is it right to say “I have started to watch” or better to say “I have been watching”?

Here are my sentences I have been watching football since 2010 World Cup and i liked players like Drogba, Lampard and after World Cup i have started to watch Premier League. Is it right to say "I ...
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“Ago” at present perfect simple?

Are there any instances in which the use of "ago" in Present Perfect Simple Tense would be deemed correct? For example: I've (just) finished reading 5 minutes ago. From my perspective, the ...
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What will be the best in this case present perfect or past simple

) I have ordered from them many times and haven 't got any problem but last time I made an order for the supertempo "damned"and did not receive the record,so I sent many emails but none of them were ...
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Present or Present Perfect in this sentence with an imaginary statement [duplicate]

I wrote: the associated organizations must act urgently in introducing a new word for a foreign word before it has been widespread / becomes widespread / has become widespread / would been ...
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Made or have made

I don't think they made a reservation I don't think they have made a reservation They 'have made' a reservation sounds good to me. What is the difference. Why is using past sentence in this ...
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“Have seen” vs “saw”? [duplicate]

I have seen a plane. Here, what is the meaning of the sentence above? I understand the basic meaning of 'have pp'. The sentence above means that I have just seen a plane? Or I have seen a plane ...
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congruence of tenses

A recent exchange between a student and I: ME: I have found a technique for doing …. HER: How have you found it? 
 Why not ask, “How have you found it?” Why is the simple past tense correct, ...
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Until you have finished that report/ until you finish that report

You are not going home until you have finished that report. You are not going home until you finish that report. Is there any shade of difference in meaning between the two sentences?or do they ...
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Using present perfect simple in a real world situation

I do not know when I have to use the present perfect simple (and others tenses in perfect form). I normally use: present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous, future, ... for write/...
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Why do they correct simple past to present perfect here?

I've often found online articles where corrections are made to signify a different tense where I think there's no need to. For example: ... he tells BBC Culture. “... I [have] always felt like they ...
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Simple Past and Present Perfect in the daily basis

I would like to ask some things about differences between Simple Past and Present Perfect (because I only know how to use them in a few cases and I just only know how to use them grammactly correct, ...
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Word-usage: “[…] that has had/ had everything…”

Could you guys see this sentence and say if I should use Present Perfect or Past Simple? Haven't you heard the story about a character that has had / had everything and still hasn't been / wasn't ...
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Phrase-usage: Where has this come from? Or Where did this come from?

Something that is confusing me is: Hey dude, Where has this come/ did this come from? I know how to use Present Perfect, but, I don't know if using here sounds natural. Can I use both? But, of ...
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“We have always helped each other” vs. “We always help each other”

We have always helped each other and we’ll keep helping each other We always help each other and we’ll keep helping each other What’s the difference ? Are both of them correct?
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Sentence-Usage : “How long has this been empty for?” Or “How long was this empty for?”

I'm asking this because I have a feeling that if I say How long has this been empty for? , It would be like an ongoing action. For example: A: How long has the dog's bowl been empty for? For ...
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Present perfect confusion

I would like to appreciate the team for the support. For present perfect, can I say: "I have come, today" or "I come today" For past simple: "I come two days ago" or "I came ...
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Present Perfect vs Present Perfect Continuous with the verb “find”

Which version of these two sentences is correct? He has been finding it difficult to adjust to his new school. He has found it difficult to adjust to his new school.
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present perfect with “for”: For almost a century, researchers have argued over this question

How do the meanings of the following sentences differ: For almost a century, researchers have argued over this question. For almost a century, researchers have been arguing over this question. I ...
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“it has been been…today” vs. “It was…today”

Edited Is it correct to the say: It has been been attempted to deliver today. My concern here is that I have mentioned “today “ so I think I have to use past simple always. Is it? It was attempted ...
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“Have you spoken English recently” vs. “Have you spoken in English recently”

Do you speak a language or speak in a language when asking if someone has been practising it? For example, which of these is better: A: Have you spoken English recently? B: Have you spoken in ...
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Will inform if any work “is” complete or “has been” completed?

A. You will be informed if any work is complete. B. You will be informed if any work has been completed. I mean to say I will inform you when a job is over and nothing is balance. So which ...
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If we used or if we have used

I'm wondering which one of these two sentences is correct? And if they both are correct, then what's the difference between them? For displacement maps we use 32 bit depth images in order to avoid ...
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“I have known her since I lived there” vs “I have known her since I have lived there”

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? I have known her since I lived in the street. I have known her since I have lived in the street. In Swan's 4th edition of ...
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Past Simple without specified time

I saw the following two sentence: The oldest person I met was 90 years old. Is it correct? Or would it be better as: The oldest person I've met was 90 years old.
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Diference between these sentences

I have to correct this sentence : I gave up drinking coffee. I don't drink it for a year. An answer should be at present perfect or present perfect continuous. I think the answer is "I gave up ...
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Why the adverb “lately” is sometimes used with the present progressive?

The following example is from this video. It is at 5 minutes and 48 seconds. You are killing it lately. I am confused because as this dictionary says the adverb is usually used with perfect tenses,...
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Did I answer or Have I answered?

I was talking to a person on chat. Yesterday he asked me a question. Today I replied, then added: Did I answer your question? Now that I think about it I should have probably phrased it like so: ...
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When he sees sisters or When he sees the sisters?

Which one is correct: Brother cannot express the enormous feelings of joy when he sees sisters being happy. Brother cannot express the enormous feelings of joy when he sees the sisters being ...
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Must not have + past participle

While reading a book, I encountered the following phrase: ...must not have (told) I found that confusing because my understanding was that "must not" is used to indicate that something is ...
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Present Perfect / Simple Past and “to come”

The difference between Present Perfect and Simple Past is that the first is somehow connected to the present and the latter is not. However, it seems to me that "connected to the present' is a little ...
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using present perfect or past perfect

Suppose that I wanted to borrow money from one of my friends. I went and saw him in his home. He has accepted my offer and has lent me the money I wanted. now I want to tell him: If you haven't ...
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present perfect associated only with the past

Is the following correct? I went to see a friend to see how she's been but when I got there she wasn't in. I think it should be "had been" because it is in the past. What do you think?