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Past Simple vs Present Perfect: English Grammar Lesson

This English grammar lesson will help you understand when to use past simple and when to use present perfect.

Watch the video then do the revision exercises.  If you need more help then read the text below before trying the exercises.

The past simple is a past tense so it only tells us about the past.

Last week Ginger went for some beauty treatment.’
Past simple because the time – last week, . . .
. . . and the event – the beauty treatment, have finished.
‘My massage took one hour.’

Remember: The past simple is a past tense so it only tells us about the past.

Now do the revision exercises