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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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My watch *is* ended?

Famously , Jon Snow says in S06E03 Now my watch is ended. While Jon Snow might know nothing I will presume he at least knows English grammar and so that "is" happens to be correct. I know even ...
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Present Perfect study English

I study English I don’t understand this sentence: "I think most of you have probably received a tin of her cookies over the years" Why someone used Present Perfect?
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“I learned” vs “I have learned” when it comes to past experiences that have indirect connection to the present?

I'm writing a blog post about my experience in college and I'm not sure which of following titles should I use: 10 Life Lessons I Learned After Leaving College 10 Life Lessons I Have Learned After ...
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Can we use 'was' instead of 'had been' keeping meaning?

Here is two sentences: By 100 AD, the Roman Empire had been defeated. By 100 AD, the Roman Empire was defeated. Is 2nd one going to keep meaning of the 1st one?
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I didn't notice until now that he left - past simple or present perfect?

I have thought that that when something that I can notice continues up to the present, I should use present perfect. For example: I have not noticed until now that his car is white. When the ...
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Have gone or have been to the cinema [duplicate]

How would I say? I have gone to the cinema twenty times this year Or I better say: I have been to the cinema twenty times this year
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How long haven't you done your homework?

Is it ok to ask: "How long haven't you eaten oranges?" or "How long haven't you done your homework?" Does it sound strange for native speakers? And the answer like " I haven't eaten oranges ...
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Why not present perfect continuous in this case

Mary has walked to work everyday for the last 6 weeks. Why not has been walking as it has happened continuously for the last 6 weeks and we can suppose it is a temporary thing is it because of ...
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Has it rained/been raining at all since?

I want to know if rain occurred occasionally in France since the last time I went there, which is February. I would ask " Has it rained at all in France since February?". Is this correct? Could I ...
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Using “Since” with past simple

Which is more accurate "This was the context of multiple questions I asked since I started working here." Or "This was the context of multiple questions I have asked since I started working here."...
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When should we use present perfect tense

I am a English Learner. I am very bad regarding tense. Somewhere in the youtube in the comment section I got a comment about a topic How many match box have you used? . As per my knowledge the ...
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Usage of 'have had'

The following is a line from the novel 'Atlas shrugged' by Ayn Rand. Why, then—she wondered—should he have had to carry a burden of tragedy which, in silent endurance, he had accepted so completely ...
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How can that be correct: “Have you ever been fishing”?

In a british movie, two students in a boarding school are sitting in a classroom environment and are talking about their school and teacher. Student A: I wish the teacher would let us go fishing. ...
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{listened/have listened} the recordings {several/too many} times

If I want to say to anyone that I listened the recordings several times today. I have listened the recordings too many times today. Which form is the correct form of the sentence? If none, ...
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Clarifications about the Past Simple and Present (whole) Perfect

I have some problems when I'm translating my language to english or english in to my language. I sometimes watch videos with english subtitles, and I often see that they are using Present Perfect ...
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Use of right tense

Can we say: Now it's 05:05 pm. We haven't finished the work yet when they have already arrived. Is it a correct sentence? Is there any problem about it?
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he has scored or he scored

My non-native English speaking friends and I meet regularly and learn English from one another. At our last meeting, I talked about an amateur hockey player, who is my friend. This is what I said to ...
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Present Perfect vs. Past Simple with unfinished time periods: this week

I ____ (read) six books this week. The correct answer is: I have read six books this week. Why are we using Present Perfect since we specify when we did the activity? Is it wrong to say (Past ...
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Does “I shouldn't have let you do it.” “shouldn't have + past participle” or “shouldn't + present perfect”

In the movie "Frame", 1947, Glen Ford, in one dialog there is: "I shouldn't have let you do it." Does "I shouldn't have let you do it." grammatically means: A) shouldn't have + past participle or B) ...
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become or have become

My role model is Roald Dahl. Reading his books, i found myself fascinated by his interesting stories and creative characters. I especially like the messages and lessons in his books. I learned that ...
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Bought vs Have bought

I bought a new cell phone I have bought a new cell phone What is the difference?
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Can I use present perfect twice and present simple + simple past in the same sentence?

I have just checked your bank account, and it appears that you have already received all of the money that I sent you. I am not sure if I can use second past perfect verb tense in the same sentence ...
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Which tense should I use after “by the time you read this”?

Could you please advise which sentence is grammatically correct? By the time you read this, I have already bought tickets and I have reserved a hotel. or By the time you read this, I have ...
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Which tense is more correct to use here in this example - Present Perfect Simple/Progressive

I (live) ____ in London since 1994. Which tense is more correct to use here in this example; A) Present Perfect Simple or B) Present Perfect Continuous? Answer A): I have lived in London since ...
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Present perfect's precise meaning?

M's use of the exemption.221 In funding its production company, Legion M had already raised over $400,000 from accredited investors before opening up the offering to the general public.222 Legion M ...
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present perfect simple or continuous in these sentences

Since we have been here, it has always been raining at nights, daylights have been sunny and I expect it will continue like that. This sentence means that up to now only the nights have been rainy ...
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Before I (have) started the University I (had) worked as

Before I have started the University I worked as waitress in a cafe. I'm not sure about the tenses here (present perfect/past simple). Maybe it should be Before I started university I had ...
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I had done and I was happy

Present Perfect is used for actions which happened in the past but have some influence for the present: I have done it and now I am happy What is "have done" action? It's something what happened ...
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Present Perfect or Past SImple Paradox

We can say: I have done it today though the action itself coulp happen in the morning but we cover it with a longer peiod which hasn't ended yet. If it happened in the morning but now it's ...
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I (hear, not) _____ the song in years [closed]

A) I (hear, not) _____ the song in years. B) I (hear, not) _____ the song in years, and when I heard it I cried. If I have understood correctly the differences of these two Tenses, in the first ...
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has lived for vs has build for

We have two sets of sentences: 1.a) I have been living here for 3 months. 1.b) I have lived here for 3 months. and 2.a) I have been building the house for 3 months. 2.b) I have built ...
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I always do OR I have always been doing

If we say: I always do It shows that some time ago I started doing it, then continued, continued and then it became "now" and I can say '"always" because my action has some statistics, some ...
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Who had always wanted to do it

We have such a sentence: I found some people who always wanted to walk in the forests. Is it correct? I mean the second part has to be in Past Simple or Past Perfect like: I found some people ...
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Started or has started

Life started in a simple organisms . Can has started can be used instead of started? Then how are the meanings different? Because life is still going on, can i use present perfect?
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Present perfect continous or present perfect simple? Which is correct? [closed]

We have to fill the gaps with the verbs in the parentheses using present perfect continous or present perfect simple. *Why are you wet? * I .... (walk) in the rain. I .... (read) all morning. *...
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The difference between present perfect continuous and simple

First sentence: Staff have been restricting the number of visitors per day to slow down the wear and tear on the tower. Second sentence: Staff have restricted the number of visitors from 900 ...
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What is correct “Your father just told me” or “Your father has just told me.”

In Oscar a 1991 American slapstick crime comedy film directed by John Landis, I heard: "Your father just told me". Why do not correct to say "Your father has just told me."? Because in "How English ...
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why is the present perfect used in this sentence?

This is from a novel: "We have walked along the beach and are now approaching the prom". Why not use "we have been walking along the beach?" It is recent and it conveys duration, so to me the ...
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Have you ever negative form

I have to create negative question in present perfect: I know how to ask positive question, it will be: "Have you ever paid a bill?" But the task says "not pay" so should I ask: "Have you ever ...
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Untill now + Past Perfect / Present Perfect

While watching a tv-series, I saw this first sentence. But ısn't it wrong? I think the second example is the right one. 1-"Until now, all we have had in common was our bank". 2-"Until now, all ...
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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 ...