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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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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I'm being corrected “I had a headache yesterday” vs “I have had a headache yesterday”

My friend asked me just today, "Hey, how are you?" I said, "Tired, sleepy, and can't concentrate on my work." He then asked, "Why so?" Here is where the interesting part starts. I ...
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Why is 'The Chinese have invented the printer' wrong?

In the textbook by by Raymond Murphy, Intermediate English Grammar, 2nd edition, on page 26: "The Chinese invented printing." Raymond Murphy says that we can't use the present perfect here. ...
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What is wrong with “have put” in “I have put the water in the freezer”?

How to talk about putting water in the freezer to become ice? I have to tell the child that I have put the water in the freezer and after some time it will convert into ice. https://ell....
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17 billions of bottles VS 17 billion of bottles

What is the right form for these expressions: "In 2000 Coca-Cola has sold 17 billions of bottles" or "In 2000 Coca-Cola has sold 17 billion of bottles" Could you please, explain why? UPDATE based ...
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“Did you watch this movie?” or “Have you watched this movie?”

What is the difference between Did you watch this movie? and Have you watched this movie?
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Is there a simple and clear way to explain the difference between past simple and present perfect?

I read (or do I say "have read"?) many rules for when to use the present perfect. I found them complex and hard to understand (or do I say "have found"?). I am finding it hard to apply these rules in ...
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“Have you seen her?” or “Did you see her?”

I already knew that we use the present perfect for an action in the past with a result now. Consider the following questions: "I'm looking for Paula. Have you seen her?" "I'm looking for Paula. Did ...
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“I saw a dog” vs. “I have seen a dog”

I saw a dog. I have seen a dog. What are the differences between them? Did these events happen on the same day?
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“Since the 1980s it has become known as horizontal gene transfer” - when exactly?

From an article on biology The discovery of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) can be traced to 1928 when Fred Griffith reported the transfer of genetic material from heat-killed virulent Streptococcus ...
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Is the present perfect ok in “We have seen them in 2011”?

Please look at the following emphasized sentence taken from the news Curfew without end. Neither of these — the government’s curfew and restrictions, or the protest programmes of the secessionist ...
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“Have been doing” and “have done”

What's the difference between I have been playing tennis for five years. and I have played tennis for five years. Are they grammatically correct? If yes, how are they different in meaning/...
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“is being” vs “has been” [closed]

What is the difference between following sentence constructions? It has been developed vs. It is being developed It has been held vs. It is being held is being: what is the grammar ...
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This is the first time vs. This is the last time

Why do we use the present perfect with This is the first time, but the present simple/continuous with This is the last time, i.e. This is the first time I have done it. vs. This is the last ...
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Is Present Perfect used in real life?

Do native speaker use "Present Perfect" (in real life) as it should be done? I have watched many US movies, and I noticed that the simple past tense is used more often. For example, suppose that ...
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'recently' with present perfect and past

When do we use recently with past tenses? I came across some sentences in which I couldn't understand the use of recently. I recently wrote to my grandmother. They were working in Canada recently. ...
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Past Perfect or Past Simple?

Which is more correct: Recently I was hungry or Recently I have been hungry I think that the second variant is more correct. Could you please explain to me what do you think about it. Thank ...
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Present-perfect-tense vs. Simple-past-tense

I've been reading this question. I have also been reading this pdf. From these two sources it appears that there is no difference between Present-perfect-tense and Simple-past-tense. I myself ...
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“Gotten” versus “got”

When in a sentence I want to use the present perfect of get, I say have/has gotten. A friend of mine (who is American) corrects me, saying I should use have/has got. From my English classes, I ...
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“Dostoyevsky is a Russian writer. He has written Crime and Punishment.” - or is it “he wrote”? [duplicate]

Which of the two sentences would look more natural in this short text: Dostoyevsky is a famous Russian writer. He has written Crime and Punishment. or Dostoyevsky is a famous Russian writer. He ...
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What does it mean “I've been meaning to phone Jane”?

I've been meaning to phone Jane. I keep forgetting. Can you explain what the first sentence mean? Can you justify this usage of the Perfect Progressive tense? (I guess that to mean stands for to ...
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Use “got” or “have got”?

Could you please tell me if you got some time to read the report? In this sentence, I have to use got or have got ? what is the difference between these two w.r.t. the meaning of the sentence?
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“Have had” versus “had”

How does the usage of "have had" and "had" differ? Here is my example from my other question: People who have had their belongings taken will turn into miserable people. Here are the things I ...
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Why present perfect for the infinitive? (1951 US, Truman to MacArthur)

[Source:] ... Truman drafted an order to MacArthur, which was issued under Bradley's signature: I deeply regret that it becomes my duty as President and Commander-in-Chief of the United ...
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Using “already” in interrogative sentences

I know that we use "yet" with Present Perfect in interrogative and negative sentences. And "already" is used in affirmative statements. Despite that fact I have found one sentence: "What have you ...
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I finally watched the video YouTube HAS / HAD been recommending for weeks

I don't think this sentence is correct. Am I right? I finally watched the video YouTube has been recommending for weeks. Shouldn't the past perfect continuous be used there instead of the present ...
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“I made it” vs. “I've made it”

If I want to say that I was able to accomplish something, when should I say "I made it", and when should I say "I've made it"? What's the difference between the two forms? Please give me a long ...
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Should I always use the perfect present, when the sentence uses “never”?

In my English classes, I was taught that never should not be used with past forms, only with present perfect forms; this is also what I read in a grammar book I bought some years ago. (I bought the ...
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Dilemma: Present Perfect Or Perfect Continuous?

I am very much confused with two aspects which are perfect aspect and present perfect continuous. From the sentences below I am not sure what to use.. Perfect aspect: I've lived here for ten ...
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can't…since vs. haven't…since

I read the first sentence on FB (I know, this is not the right place to look for perfect grammar) and would like to know if this is right: I can't sleep well since last week I thought a ...
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“We have sold nearly everything he owns to make the down payment!”

I have been reading The Bridge Across Forever. I read a sentence which is a little bit odd in my view, but I think some experts can help me understand it: We have sold nearly everything he owns to ...
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Why is it not OK to use the Present Perfect here?

Michael Swan, in his grammar book, says that in this context the Present Perfect tense is not to be used. 1) Why are you crying? – Tony hit me. 2) This picture looks great. Did you paint it ...
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May “since” be used with simple past verbs?

Let's say there are two players A and B, both of them used to be team-mates and are retired now. In the given context, is the use of "since" correct here? Both A and B played against each other 6 ...
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“It has been on the news” vs. “it was on the news”

I'm trying to gain the full understanding of perfect tenses. Are my explanations about the sentence and the difference between using the Present Perfect instead of the Simple Past correct? It has ...
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Present Perfect and Past Progressive with wait

Imagine that you're waiting for your friend X and you finally meet him. Is it better to use Past Progressive or Present Perfect here? I've been waiting for you for 5 hours. or I was waiting for ...
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Present perfect--just how much relevance?

When it comes to using present perfect, just how much relevance to the present do I need to take into account? A: "You should be happy that she has at least given you a C." B: "You are right, ...
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Difference between “We are married for 5 years” and “We have been married for 5 years”

What is the difference between... We are married for 5 years. We have been married for 5 years.
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Difference between “have done” and “had done”

I want to know the difference between "have done" and "had done". When and where it should be used?
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appropriate tense for “No matter how many times ~” sentence

I understand that the sentence "I never get tired of this movie no matter how many times I see it"(present tense) is perfectly acceptable. My question is whether or not I can use present perfect as ...
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Using “when” with Present Perfect

I have never heard that we could use "when" with Perfect tenses especially with Present Perfect before. We use Past Simple when we are talking about the time. But today I have found one example: ...
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“I have ridden a rollercoaster and now I'm dizzy” - correct or not?

I am not a native English speaker, and the sentence in the title came up yesterday when I was talking with my friend (who is a native English speaker) about English grammar. Consider the sentence ...
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“Have worn it” or “have been wearing it”?

Please have a look at this sentence (Viv Quarry present perfect answers) When I left school I cut my hair and have worn it short ever since. Will it be possible to use the continuous form "I have ...
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Current relevance: “She has broken her leg” vs. “She broke her leg yesterday”

I've been taught that the Present perfect tense is used when an action happened in the past and it is important now (or when it happened in the past and it is still ongoing). Though, look at these ...
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My grandpa died 30 years ago. I “have never met” / “never met” him. - Which one?

Which one of the following two sentences is correct/proper? My grandpa died 30 years ago. I have never met him. or My grandpa died 30 years ago. I never met him.
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Confusion with Had+forget

I am confused about the usage of "had" along with "forget". Let's take some serious example. People usually took bath in rivers. Now, they've changed their tradition. I mean, they're bathing in ...
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How many years (have you studied)/(have you been studying) English?

What are the differences between questions 1 and 2? If you were asked to choose only one over the other to use in an application form which one would you use? In case you say it depends on the ...
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Repeated present perfects

Is the following correct in English: Since the works have been started end of last year, two activities out of ten have been completed, then the works have been stopped for more than three months ...
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have lived vs have been living [duplicate]

Is it correct to say: 1) I've lived in London for five years. Or 2) I've been living in London for five years. I think second one is correct because we use present perfect continuous for ...
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Using have gone to / been to / been in

I understand the difference between these constructions: "has gone to", "has been to", "has been in": "has gone to" — there or on his way to; "has been to" — someone has been there but he ...
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Should I use the past simple “I learned”, or the present perfect “I've learned”?

Please explain which is correct: I've learned to ride a bicycle when I was five I learned to ride a bicycle when I was five For me both of them are correct.

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