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Present perfect v past simple – part 1

The present perfect is a present tense so it only tells us about the situation now.

A monkey explaining the present perfect to another monkey.

I have told you a million times, don’t speak while you are eating!
(Present perfect because the small monkey has now told the big monkey not to eat while speaking a million times)

• I have known Julie for ten years.
(We started to know Julie, and we also know her now)
• My brother has been to Mexico three times.
(He has been to Mexico three times. We don’t use past simple because he might go to Mexico again in the future)
• I have seen John this week.
(This week is still happening so I might see him again)

Remember: The present perfect is a present tense so it only tells us about now.
  • Exercise 1

    Remember: The present perfect is a present tense so, it only tells us about now.

    Are the following sentences true or false?

    Remember: The present perfect is a present tense so, it only tells us about now.

    Are the following sentences true or false?

    Exercise 2

    Remember: The present perfect is a present tense so, it only tells us about now.

    Are the following sentences true or false?

    Remember: The present perfect is a present tense so, it only tells us about now.

    Are the following sentences true or false?

    Exercise 3

    Are the following sentences true or false?

    Are the following sentences true or false?

  • Present perfect vs past simple – part 1
    Do this video lesson if you need more help. (2:30) 

    Present perfect vs past simple – part 2
    The past simple is a past tense so it only tells us about the past. (3:15)

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    This vocabulary lesson will help you define chocolate bar, sweets, dark chocolate, plain chocolate, chew, suck, wrapper, cocoa and confectionery. (8:00)