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Present Perfect Tense - What is it?

There are some examples of present perfect tense below. Talk with your child about what they have been learning in school. If you need anymore information, please contact Mr Ellis.

 

The present perfect is formed from the present tense of the verb have and the past participle of a verb:

The present perfect continuous is formed with have/has been and the -ing form of the verb:

 

We use the present perfect tense:

  • for something that started in the past and continues in the present:

They’ve been married for nearly fifty years.
She has lived in Liverpool all her life.

 

  •  for something we have done several times in the past and continue to do:

I’ve played the guitar ever since I was a teenager.
He has written three books and he is working on another one.

 

  • when we are talking about our experience up to the present:

My last birthday was the worst day I have ever had.

 

  • for something that happened in the past but is important at the time of speaking:

I can’t get in the house. I’ve lost my keys.
Teresa isn’t at home. I think she has gone shopping.
I’m tired out. I’ve been working all day.

 

Taken from http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/verbs/present-tense/present-perfect

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