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THE 'PERFECT' TENSES

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THE ‘PERFECT' TENSES

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.

THE PRESENT PERFECT EXPLAINED:

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 EXPLAINED:

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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