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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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I miss you like I (have) never missed someone else [duplicate]

Which one of the following phrases is correct? I'm unsure about using present perfect or not. I miss you like I've never missed someone else. I miss you like I never missed someone else.
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Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Progessive?

How long _______ there? (work/you) Which tense to use. A) Present Perfect Simple, or B) Present Perfect Progressive? A) How long have you worked there? B) How long have you been working there?
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Use of present perfect and comparison with other tenses

Gloves for goalkeepers restrict heat loss from the hands and cuase discomfort. To alleviate this problem, material A has been incorporated into gloves to reduce the amount of heat. This is a ...
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“have been here” vs. “have been being here”

Which one is correct? I know the present perfect continuous tense is for what. My question is here that we should use that tense when we want to say "I was here (a city) for ten years and now I am ...
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Are these questions grammatically identical? Present Perfect

In laser b1 student's book there's the following example in grammar section about present perfect: I have believed in ghosts ever since that night. It seems to me that sentence I've assumed that ...
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Past Simple or Present Perfect?

I have a problem using those tenses in practice, or even analysing them in books or movies. For example : A character says "I opened the doors" (well the doors are opened so he and his friends see ...
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Can we give the answer to the present perfect question in past simple?

I saw this in a Cambridge conversation book: A: Have you gone to school today? B: Yes, I went to school today. Can you please tell me why B answered in the Past Simple instead of the Present ...
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We've eaten at that restaurant in recent years [closed]

Could you please tell me whether the following sentence We've eaten at that restaurant in recent years. is grammatically correct and sounds natural? Is that the correct usage of the present ...
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I've won the lottery. This is the second time this happened

I suppose that the sentence: I've won the lottery. This is the second time this happened. isn't correct - it must be: I've won the lottery. This is the second time this has happened. But what ...
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“Documents have been updated” VS “Documents are updated”

I've received an email titled "Documents have been updated" informing me that some changes were introduced in some our documents (no surprise here of course). But I'd like to know if there is any ...
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I had never been here before or I have never been here before?

I had never been here before? I have never been here before? Which one from these two is correct? The one in present perfect or the other in past perfect? I came across both. The "before" in ...
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This paragraph (is taken / has been) taken from book

We usually write this e.g "this paragraph is taken from book" or "this paragraph has been taken from book". and "this poem is written by" or "this poem has been written by" Could ...
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“I haven't swum since” vs “I haven't been swimming since”

In the following text: The last time I went swimming was when we were in Spain. I haven't been swimming since we were in Spain. Why is present perfect progressive tense used in the second ...
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I have always thought that painting was pretty bad. Why can he use 'always' in present perfect tense? [closed]

I have always thought that painting was pretty bad. Why can he use 'always' in present perfect tense? I think 'always' was used only in present tense.
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How write about personal achievements? (tense choice) [closed]

Let's say I have to describe my personal achievements during my work in some project. What tense should I use - the simple past or the present perfect? The past simple Achievements: ...
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Present Perfect Continuous VS Simple

I think, I can use Present Perfect Continuous(as it can express repeated action too) as well as Present Perfect Simple and they have similar meanings in this case. Am I right? (I got confused ...
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Why are different tenses used in these similar situations?

I have the following (similar) examples: My mouth tastes like I have vomited. My throat feels like I have been yelling at a concert. Is there a grammatical reason why one uses the present perfect ...
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when one has received / receives

When one has received/receives driving license, he should be driving accompanied by an experienced driver for a year. I feel it should be present simple. I am hesitating, as it is not supposed to be ...
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“has written two essays this morning” vs “has been writing an essay all morning”

What is the difference in meaning between these sentences? John has written two essays this morning. John has been writing an essay all morning. The police sergeant has interviewed two people ...
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One of the most interesting projects I worked on in the past couple of years (tense choice)

I want to tell someone about one of the most interesting projects I was involved in during the past couple of years: One of the most interesting projects I worked on in the past couple of years [is ...
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Past Simple vs Present Perfect difference

Help me, please, with this extract Two elderly couples were enjoying a friendly conversation in the garden when one of the men asked the other, "Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to a month ...
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Haven been<-->went

I haven't been to a beach party for over a year. The last time I went to a beach party was a over year ago. Can I use gone instead of been in the first sentence to get the similar meaning to the ...
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When…+present perfect [closed]

Is Susan does not live here,When I first came here three years ago, she has moved to another city. Or Susan does not live here,When I first came here three years ago, she had moved to another ...
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present perfect + when

But plenty have come to him when they haven't been able to heal through traditional means. As far as I know, past simple or past perfect are tend to be used with "when", because they are more ...
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“present perfect” vs “past perfect”

Should I use present perfect or past perfect in the following context? Are they both correct? Jason, did you see yesterday's match between Liverpool and Chelsea? What a match it was! I have never/had ...
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When are the present perfect simple and continuous interchangeable, and when are they not?

Let me give some examples to give you guys a good idea of my question. My friend says that a sentence like this sounds weird. I have built my house for 2 years. He says I should say this. ...
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we have even + past participle

Let's not just dismiss the idea before we've even thought about it. What is the use of this structure: we have even + past participle ( or present simple)?
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Are present simple and present perfect interchangeable?(about habits)

I wonder if in this context pr. simple and pr. perfect simple are interchangeable: He has played the saxophone every night. He plays the saxophone every night. If they aren't ...
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Present perfect with experiance

I am watching a video about a person with body modifications, and the person counting modifications he has done, he's saying I've had my ears removed, I've had my tongue bifurcated, I've had my ...
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Asking about experiance

If I want to ask my friend about her travel, which tense is more preferred? I know that when asking about experience we use *present perfect *, like "have you been to Italy", "have you ever blah...?, ...
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Since clause and present perfect

I have to correct the sentence: I haven't seen Peter since he begins seeing his new girlfriend. The correct answer is: I haven't seen Peter since he began seeing his new girlfriend. I thought I could ...
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why don't we use present perfect simple to explain that the action is still in progress

When we say " he has written many books" it does mean that he began in the past writing books and goes up to now , but it does not say that he will write another book or if he is not dead he will ...
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verb + “to have” + past-participle

He needed to have not gone there. Above is a vague way of saying He needed not to go there., and I think that would be very inappropriate too. I am more interested in knowing whether that would be ...
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Present Perfect does it mean till now?

Source: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/delete-photo-folders-iphone-54223.html Tyson Cliffton has been writing professionally since 2001. His work has been published at thealestle.com and KMOX.com. ...
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“I should have studied last night, but I didn't.” (tense choice)

I should have studied last night, but I didn't. I've come across this sentence in a grammar book. Why the present perfect is used after "should", but the past simple is used to say "I didn't"? The ...
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He has wasted his time when he was at university. (tense choice)

Could you please tell me whether the sentence He has wasted his time when he was at university. is grammatical? What seems a little bit confusing is that the the present tense (has wasted) refers ...
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“Been quite a trip, it has” - Correct or Incorrect?

I came across a phrase which was used in a random American TV series. The phrase looks like this: Been quite a trip, it has I highly doubt it's grammatically incorrect. I also have tried to find ...
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before I've even used the bathroom

Woman: It was a mistake. Man: Since when do you make mistakes? Woman: What's that supposed to mean? Man: It means I'm sick of you being so damn perfect all the time. I-I'm sick of ...
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Present Perfect referring to the Future?

I have a grammar exercise which is: "Time Clauses Referring to the Future. Compare the sentences, how does the meaning change when the Present Perfect is used?" Come over and see us when our guests ...
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Why is my hair wet?

I have finished washing my hair and it is still wet. Why is my hair wet? Because I have washed it. (focus is on the final result) Because I have been washing it. (focus is on the action) To ...
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Is it correct to use “ever” with the present perfect?

Is it correct to say Have you ever been to [some country]? The present perfect already assumes the time period preceding the moment of asking the question, right? So the usage of "ever" seems to ...
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“you have ordered” vs “you ordered”

Why does the author prefer to use present perfect in this case? I have included all the records you have ordered Why not ordered as the two orders were made quite a long time ago (6 months and 8 ...
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“has not seen” versus “has not been seen”

In the sentence The ocean, 95% of which has not (seen/been seen) before. I know that the correct answer is "been seen". Why do I use been, the past tense of "to be"? Is there a better way to ...
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Have not vs Have never

Can someone please tell me what the difference is between the two phrases: Have not and Have never? As far as I know, "have not" is usually used to mean that something has not happened in a period ...
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“was acquainted with” or “have acquainted with”?

I can not decide which one is correct or more accurate for using. I have acquainted with structure of remote control in primary school. I was acquainted with structure of remote control in ...
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How long you been waiting to spring that on me? Is the sentence correct?

Is it a wrong sentence of present-perfect? but I heard a native speaker said it. Does it lack 'have' before 'you'?
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That's what has him disappointed

Is the sentence "That's what has him disappointed" equal to "That's what has disappointed him"? Is it the present perfect in the "That's what has him disappointed"?
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Should this sentence use past or present tense?

In a movie after a failed shoot-out, villain said: That was the worst effing shoot-out I have ever seen in my life. Is this grammatically OK? I have seen usage like It is the best thing that ...
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Does every present perfect sentence have some kind of connection between what happened in the past and the present time?

We use the present perfect tense to address something that happened in the past, but we don't specify precisely when it happened. We also use present perfect to suggest some kind of connection between ...
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Stative verbs with present perfect simple

First of all, 1. Can I use stative verbs with the present perfect simple? For example, know is a stative verb, Can I say: Have you known my real name is John? In sentence about I meant to ask, *...