The Present perfect Simple Tense

Updated: Oct 5, 2021





The Present perfect Simple Tense

- How do we form the Present PERFECT TENSE?


Verb to have (Present Simple) + main verb (Past Participle)


Ex 1. Susan has (verb to have (Present Simple)) visited (main verb (Past Participle)) this museum before.


2. I have already (verb to have (Present Simple)) read (main verb (Past Participle)) this book.


3. They have (verb to have (Present Simple)) taken (main verb (Past Participle)) this course before.


4. We have (verb to have (Present Simple)) been (main verb (Past Participle)) to the beach.

- When do we use the Present Perfect Tense?


1. To talk about an action that started in the past and continues up to the present.


Ex. – We’ve been friends for 20 years.


2. To talk about an action that has just finished.


Ex. – I’ve just had my lunch.


3. To talk about an action that happened in an unspecified time in the past.


Ex. I’ve seen her many times.



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- How do we form the negative WITH THE Present perfect Tense?


1. We just add (not) to verb to have.


Ex. - Monique has not arrived yet.


- We have not played cards in a long time.


- I have not watched this movie before.


- Suzan has not done yoga before.


2. We can also use (Never) to form the negative with the Present perfect Tense.


Ex. – They have never seen snow before.


- I have never tasted snails.


- Allan has never met a celebrity in his life.


- Anita has never ridden a Lama.


- How do we form the question WITH THE Present perfect Tense?


1. We need to use verb (to have) before the subject.


Ex. - Have you come to this place before?


- Where has Tommy been?


- Which book have you read recently?


- Why has she done that?






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