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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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How can I explain the difference between simple past and present perfect?

The simple past and the present perfect both express things that have happened in the past. How can I explain the difference?
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Do these sentences for recommending others to search on Google, sound patronizing? [on hold]

And are they natural? In what situation will you use it? Why not google it? Why don't you google it? I think you can google it. You'd better google it. I'd google it if I were you.
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Why isn‘t the past married to the present perfect in these sentences? [closed]

In 1986 Nestle bought / had bought a German company called the Schweisfurth Group which was previously being / had previously been part owner of the Ethiopian Livestock Development Company. That ...
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we were talking and catching up on what we’ve been doing

A: Well, we were talking and catching up on what we've been doing, talking about work and family, when all of a sudden, Matt saw a mouse run under his chair and he completely lost it! He started ...
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difference between “Has won” and “won”

Should I use "Has won" or "won" in the following context? Here's the text: John: Subha, did you know our school team has won/won today's soccer match? Me: No! I didn't know that. With the ...
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What is the difference between “are being done” and “have been done”?

I have received a feedback to change the following sentence: Periodical reviews have been performed... to Periodical reviews are being performed... Which of the sentences is correct, or are ...
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Indirect speech: If Pres.Perf. becomes Past Perf. and Past Simple also becomes Past Perf. What was in direct sentence?

Could you please help me to realize the reverse operation. If Pres.Perf. becomes Past Perf. and Past Simple also becomes Past Perf. how can I define what was in direct speech? For example: Indirect ...
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Correct uses of Perfect continuous Tense

Between them which one is right? Indira Banerjee who was the Chief Justice of Madras, has recently been elevated to Apex Court. Indira Banerjee who was the Chief Justice of Madras, had ...
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The present perfect tense describing a future event?

I was working out an online Enlish test, and came up into this question: I'll get in touch with you as soon as I _____ the results. Your Answer: am informed to Correct: have been ...
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Is it wrong to say “when I was a child, I have eaten a lot of sweets”?

I think we need to say "when I was a child, I ate a lot of sweets" Similarly, is it wrong to say "frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some ...
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Tense slip: “have done sth when I realized”?

Most of the confidences were unsought —frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the ...
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Why two tenses are used in this situation?

Quote:- By the age of two or three, the infant has reached toddler stage. In terms of cognitive development, this means, he has learned to play make-believe games and uses his imagination more. ...
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present perfect can be replaced with past

I was watching a film in which appears a conversation like this. two persons were talking in front of the king then after the conversation finished the king says: "must go to bed, I'm tired but I'm ...
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Present perfect or Past simple with “again”?

I need your help and explanation. Which of these sentences is correct? Have you forgotten it again? or Did you forget it again? I think the first sentence is correct, since the ...
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Being+verb vs. present perfect continuous

In the movie ''The Accountant'' by Ben Affleck, there was a scene where he has spotted an embezzlement in the company. And then, he said it to Anna Kendrick(another accountant) particularly in this ...
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I can't remember the last time that I have had breakfast vs … had eaten breakfast

What is the difference between these expressions: I can't remember the last time that I have had breakfast vs. I can't remember the last time that I have eaten breakfast Thank you in advance.
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Past simple or present perfect for “I am aware of what I [did/have done]”?

Is the following correct: I am aware of what I did. Or, is it supposed to be: I am aware of what I've done. Can someone explain?
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Using “when” to talk about the future

When the new park opens, I’ll go there every day. When the new park has opened, I'll go there every day. Can we use both of these? What is the difference between them?
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Present perfect vs present perfect progressive [duplicate]

We have been living in Saudi Arabia .. We have lived in Saudi Arabia ... What is the difference between them, or they are the same in meaning ? And what do you understand, when you hear ...
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Which tense to use after “I didn't know”

I have been married for 10 years and someone tells me that I married the wrong man. Because I resent that remark I want to answer saying something like this: I didn't know that I have been ...
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Present perfect simple tense in conditionals

The present perfect tense is used in the sentence below but here and here, they do not use the present perfect. Can we use present perfect simple tense in conditional sentences like the sentence ...
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Confused why the writer used fixed instead of fix

Confused why the writer used fixed instead of fix Here are the examples: Let's get this fixed," and you pay for the repair again. "We've got to get this fixed right now," Ryan said. Since the item ...
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Present perfect or past simple in that case

I am terribly sorry I think I have broken/broke your watch when I dropped it off ! think present perfect is better to emphasize the fact that she does not work now . Am I right ?
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Why the present perfect tense?

If you've got family, you've got drama. Well, I think this is a fact, at least from the speaker's point of view, so I would say: If you get family, you get drama. It's like if water boils, it ...
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present perfect or simple past for a recent event with adverb of time

If I have been in hospital for 2 weeks and I have just returned home, I say "I have been in hospital for 2 weeks". It is a recent event. After I have been home for a few days I will probably say "I ...
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have been ill/ was ill

Is it correct to think that if I say I have been ill for a week it could both mean I am still ill or I just got better? I thought that if you have recovered you should say I was ill for a ...
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“has been completed” or “is completed”?

Repeat the steps for the next weekly report until the monthly report has been completed. Repeat the steps for the next weekly report until the monthly report is completed. I'm having a hard ...
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“I've learned” or “I learned” - which is more appropriate?

I've learned a lot how to communicate with people from different cultural context. I learned a lot how to communicate with people from different cultural context. When writing the resume, I ...
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It's the first time he has driven or been driving a car

I had always known that we generally use the present perfect simple for things that we do for the first time. Here is a classic example from the English Grammar in Use self-study book by Cambridge ...
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A question regarding usage “by the time”?

Suppose you send a message to a person which is not online! I know By the time you see this message I will have been done with my task means that my task is already finished some time before he ...
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question about different between two sentence

Yesterday I couldn't find my wallet anywhere but this morning I found it. Yesterday I could not have found my wallet anywhere but this morning I found it. What's the difference between them?
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The present simple and present perfect tenses in context

Tell me please which tense I have to use in this context: Kate: John, you are going to visit your grandparents this week, aren't you? John: Actually, it is not set in stone yet. (OR: It has ...
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Why wasn't “When I was in Sharm El-Sheikh, I *have sunbathed* a lot” a good answer?

When I was in Sharm El-Sheikh, I .... a lot A) Have sunbathed B) Was sunbathing C) Would sunbathe D) Sunbathed why it can't be "have sunbathed" as verb sunbathe means to make the skin brown or ...
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I have been living in… but I have no plans on stayin there for good(confusion)

Let's say you were asked where do you live, and you included the duration. Q: Where do you live?(the setting is in another place away from your hometown) A: I live in my hometown. I've been ...
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Why is “I've read this book for two hours” wrong?

A grammar book that I've been using showed this sentence as incorrect. I've read this book for two hours. This sentence is apparently incorrect in present perfect. Why is this sentence wrong? If ...
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“This is one of the most important lessons I've learned” – Present Simple with Present Perfect?

Let's say you are describing your professor back when you were in college. His sustained commitment to learning, while never forgetting how to loosen up a bit or de-stress, is one of the most ...
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“has been opened ” or “being opened”

The door of the refrigerator being opened by 90 degrees or less is closed automatically if you let go of the door. The door of the refrigerator that has been opened by 90 degrees or less is closed ...
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Which one should I use: fell off/ have fallen [duplicate]

Situation: I am sitting in my class and seeing that magnetic pin is falling off the board down on the floor! Now I’d like to describe what just happened! The magnetic pin have fallen from the ...
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Present perfect for situations before another past event

This is a conversation from the exercise from the Advanced Grammar in Use by Cambridge University Press: A: How was your weekend? B: Not great, actually. I'd really been looking forward to a ...
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Tense to use with “so far”

Which tense should I use with so far in the following sentences? I know we use present tense with so far. But I don't if it should be present perfect or simple present. I have provided some example ...
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lived; have lived; have been living

He lived there for 10 years; He has lived there for 10 years; He has been living there for 10 years. If 1. means the person may very well not be living there anymore now and 3. means he is ...
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“Did you see the match?” or “Have you seen the match?”

When I was chatting with a friend he asked me "Did you see the match?" I know this’s completely right, but, it came to my mind was that wrong to say "Have you seen the match?" instead.
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Great Expectations [is written vs has been written] by Charles Dickens

I had a grammar quiz at the university today. One of the questions was: "Great Expectations" ____ by Charles Dickens. a) is written b) has been written c) was written Undoubtedly, the ...
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Regarding present perfect appropriate use when spoken

If someone asks you Hey Indiver! Did you see Star Wars movie last week? Should I reply Yes, I saw the movie. It was quite interesting. Or Yes, I have seen the movie. It was quite ...
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Has vs. might not have been?

Here’s the two sentences: This has not always been the case. This might not have always been the case. Obviously, using "has" in the first and "have" in the second is correct. I know that. ...
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“This is the first time I've seen a person who have become…”

Let's say you have never seen a woman who have become prettier compared to her previous look before she got pregnant. And you say: This is the first time I've seen a woman who have become so hot ...
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Can I say “I have been dedicated my work”?

I know "I am dedicated to my work" is a correct sentence. Then, in order to express for a long time and imply that it is about to change something, can I say "I have been dedicated my work for 30 ...
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The present perfect with “once”: “I'll do it once I have (had) a chance”

I have read some sentences including ''once'' , ''will'' and ''perfect tense'' I will comment on this once I have had a chance to print it out on Monday I will comment further on this once I ...
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it is shipped or has been shipped

what is the difference between these sentences, are they correct? once it has been shipped, I will let you know how much I paid for the postage. once it is shipped, I will let you know how much I ...
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Present perfect tense and present continous tense

Can we use present perfect tense and present continuous tense in one sentence for example. I have been tossing and turning all night because I have drunk much coffee. Thank you