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The 'perfect' tenses (present perfect, past perfect and future perfect) are usually used to talk about actions that are completed by the present or a particular point in the past or future.

For now, we will just focus on the Present Perfect and the Past Perfect.


We use the present perfect tense to talk about our experiences in a way that does not refer to when they happened:

I have never been abroad.

We also use this tense to talk about an action which started in the past and is continuous up until now:

I have been a doctor for ten years.

We also use this tense to talk about something that has happened in the past but has a result in the present:

I have lost my passport.
(The result in the present is that I don't have my passport).


The past perfect is used to talk about an event that was completed in the past before something else happened:

I had just finished cooking the meal when my guests arrived.
I didn't want to watch the film, as I had already seen it.

What are the present perfect and past perfect tenses? | Oxford Owl

Learn all about the perfect tense with simple explanations and examples in this short animation.

Sing with Grammarsaurus - The Past Perfect Tense

Sing and learn with Grammarsaurus!

Practice Questions (Answers included)

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