Questions related to the English Perfect Construction, which is sometimes called "the present perfect tense".

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“I have been had it” or “I have had it”: which one is correct?

Which one is correct? This is a very old book. I have been had it since I was child or This is a very old book. I have had it since I was child
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I finished my essay yesterday but I (?) it in to the tutor yet

I finished my essay yesterday but I (?) it in to the tutor yet. A.I've given B.I hadn't given C.I didn't give Which is correct? My dear tutor said the answer had to be B. But I find no correct ...
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Why past simple whereas present perfect should be used instead?

In "Game of Thrones", season 6, episode 4 there is a scene when one guy spots that his mate is sick (his hand is getting rotten) and gets worried about it. But the mate says: "Don't worry. I didn't ...
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Good decision I “made” / “have made” today

As a non-native English speaker, I'm a little bit confused. Should I say: The only good decision I made today was to ... or The only good decision I have made today was to ... What is the ...
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“She must have done that, mustn't she?” (Tail/tag questions with “Can/may/must + Present Perfect”)

How often can you hear an educated native speaker say She can't have done that, can she? She can have done that, can't she? She mustn't have done that, must she? She must have done that, mustn't ...
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Perfet aspect as a contradiction

I'm a Russian native speaker. I've been struggling with "perfect tense" for a long time. Can we say that word "have", besides it's root meaning (posession), has 2 distinct (that is we can separate ...
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“Have you washed it” vs “Did you wash it”? [duplicate]

What's the difference between these two questions? Speaker A: Your car looks very clean. Have you washed it? Did you wash it?
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Why is the present perfect used here?

I can't quite understand why is the Present Perfect used in the sentence below. Britain has not always been an island I know that the Present Perfect denotes an action that began before the ...
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Present Perfect Tense - Determine usage case

Present Perfect has two usage case: Case A: Say that an action happened at an unspecified time before now. Case B: To show that something started in the past and has continued up until now. How ...
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Verb Tenses - Context Examples

To help me to understand verb tenses better, I have created the following conversations between Sophia and John. What are the ways for Sophia to ask the questions in the "Perfect" tense and "Perfect ...
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The intransitive “to fail” becomes the adjective “failed”

My native language is English. My second-best language used to be German (though you need not know German to answer, for my questions are about English), so I am now noticing what seems to be a weird ...
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What are the differences between “When did she move in?” & “When has she moved in?” [duplicate]

I am a bit confused! I am not sure whether the native English speakers choose to use "When did she move in?" or "When has she moved in?". If we use simple past tense, we imply that the specific time ...
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Question about singular/plural with present perfect

Is the following sentence correct? "Two thirds of land has already been sold." Is it correct as it has the singular have verb "has" or it shoulb be rewritten with the plural verb "have"?
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Present Perfect with question words: ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’ etc [closed]

Is it appropriate to use present perfect (pp) after question words such as: when, where, what, and who? Or should I just use the past simple (ps)? Why? When have you met your wife? (pp) ...
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“We have stood” and using correct tense with the tone of an article

English Stack community, we're seeking help with an internal debate concerning tense use while considering the desired tone of an article. In the following sentence, is the use of "we have stood" ...
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“you checked” or “you have checked”

/** * @returns {string} The type of the variable that you checked/have checked. */ function check($var) { } Should I use checked or have checked in the above comment? Why? Note: I don’t know why ...
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Question about Present Perfect Subjunctive. Is it required?

Suppose that a dog is required by the terms of his doghouse arrest to maintain shaggy fur. May I write: The condition that Fido have shaggy fur is restrictive. I believe that this is a form of ...
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Present Perfect Continuous vs. Present Simple

Do I clearly understand difference between this two sentences? "How long do you dance?" - As I understand I can use this sentence to ask a person about his expirience in dancing. "How long have you ...
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I have never understood a word Alice “has said” or “said” [duplicate]

I am not sure about the use of present perfect in the subordinate clause. I want to say I've never understood Alice for as long as I've known her, so should I use the present perfect aspect in the ...
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Under what kind of conditions is a past time adjunct allowed for in experiential perfects?

In CGEL p.144 the author says about experiential perfects This use of the present perfect allows for the inclusion, under restrictive conditions, of a past time adjunct: iia) We've already ...
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The Use of the Present Perfect. What is natural?

Sometimes, I got really confused by the use of the Present Perfect tense. Given the fact, that we don't have this structure in Russian, all we can is to base our knowledge on grammar rules. The ...
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I didn't phone Peter this morning / I haven't phoned Peter this morning [duplicate]

Example: I'm calling Peter at work at 9:00 this morning. He isn't answering, and the only way for me to call him is at work. At 10:00 in the morning, I finish my work, as usual. I leave my business ...
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The difference between “have been able to” and “was able to”

I have been able to buy the house I spoke of the other day. (1) Does (1) mean that I bought the house? I was able to buy the house I spoke of the other day. (2) I was able to ...
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Past Simple or Present Perfect with “Never”? [duplicate]

I have this example in my practice book where I need to use the Past Simple or Present Perfect: My grandfather died before I was born. I have never met him. The right answer is "I never met ...
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Can the choice between Present Perfect vs Past Simple be influenced by external events?

What is meant by 'an external event'? For example, death. Let there be two celebrities, one who is still alive (Leonardo DiCaprio), and one who is dead (Christopher Lee, who played Saruman in the ...
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“I burned the toast” vs. “I've burned the toast”

I have a question about a sentence I read in the comic strip Garfield. Garfield's owner, Jon, brings him a burnt piece of toast saying, I burned the toast. Well, once there's no time ...
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This record has been set by Rod Laver until now - incorrect?

I've got one correct and one incorrect sentence. I don't understand why I cannot say the first sentence as there is only a change in adjectives. One has "set" instead of "closed". This record ...
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How should I interpret the present perfect in “In no society has nonmarital childbirth been the cultural norm”? [closed]

The following is a sentence from Families Without Fathers by David Popenoe. In no society has nonmarital childbirth been the cultural norm. It should mean there hasn't been a society where ...
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Difference between 'so far' and 'yet'

I want to know a difference between 'so far' and 'yet'. I often use them in Present Perfect sentences. For example, I have not sent two invitations so far. I have not sent two invitations yet.
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He is the only/first player who has won GS twice

He is the only player who has won GS twice. He is the first player who has won GS twice. Are both sentences grammatically valid? If the tennis player is still active, can I use the ...
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Present perfect Question framed with “What is…?”

In the following question the verb is present perfect but the question is framed with "What is..." Can anyone explain the grammar to me? "What is the most beautiful place you have ever ...
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Have had or Have been

I've been learning English in my company. We have just started Present Perfect and encountered 1 issue I don't quite understand. There were 2 different, not related to each other exercises. In one we ...
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Present perfect or past simple another situation

A couple days ago I stumbled upon a sentence that I couldn't get my head around. In the sentence: I have read all of the author's books; Gregor gave me the first book of the series. I know it ...
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Can I replace perfect progressive tense with perfect tense?

Can I say instead of I have been working for the company for 20 years. just I have worked for the company for 20 years. with the same meaning which is: I am still working and not going to ...
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Present perfect or past simple why

A couple days ago I stumbled upon a sentence that I couldn't get my head around. In the sentence: I have read all of his books, Gregor gave me the first book. I know it sounds wrong if you say: ...
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Newspaper headlines + is it possible to use present perfect?

I've found these two sentences in newspaper headlines and there are two things I am not sure about: Haas beats Wawrinka Tommy Haas claimed the biggest win of the season against Wawrinka. He ...
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Present perfect or present perfect continuous with a participle? [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out what tense (or tenses) are involved when you have a participle with "to be." Examples: Ballet is performed in the theatre. Decorum is maintained in the ballroom. English is ...
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Should I describe a book I've read in the past or present tense?

For example, should I say, "Recently, I finished a novel that was called The Pyrates. The plot of it was that a hero called Avery was sent by the King of England blah, blah, blah." OR "Recently I ...
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Should you use past or present tense in a sentence if it ends in something like in olden and modern times?

Large amounts of gold weren’t worth much and merely had to be gotten ridden of in olden times like in modern times.' OR Large amounts of gold aren't worth much and merely have to be gotten rid of ...
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Is it wrong to use “Did you ever” in a sentence?

My German friend thinks that it is wrong to use "Did you ever" in the sentence "Did you ever fly a kite"? She is telling me it is wrong because you must use "Have" with "Ever", which would make the ...
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What is the grammar structure of “have been”

could you please tell me, what is the grammar structure of this tense: I have been back from the trip I talked about.
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Sometimes and Present Perfect [closed]

I have 2 sentences: "I sometimes forget to put my phone into my pocket. Therefore, I do not have GPS to navigate my way" (1) and "I have forgotten to put my phone into my pocket many times. ...
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He did not swindle his colleague's business although they have been enemies for years now

Is the sentence below grammatically correct? He did not swindle his colleague's business although they have been enemies for years now Is the use of 'did' acceptable, even though the sentence is ...
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Has been Vs had been

I had a story, from two days ago, till now; i.e, it just ended/solved. Which tense, the present perfect or the past perfect should I use and why? It has been a tortuous journey. It had been a ...
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Is using “since” and “ago” with the present perfect correct? [duplicate]

I just found this in a Cambridge Grammar Book and I am so confused. When I learnt English in school, the teacher said I cannot put Since and Ago together in present perfect sentence. However, in this ...
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Hadn't seen vs Haven't seen

Please can you tell me which is correct - haven't or hadn't? Situation: I send picture to my friend and she replies: "I hadn't seen it yet" Is it right use? Shouldn't be there "I haven't seen ...
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How to use Present Perfect Continuous in Passive form?

Although Present Perfect Continuous is less commonly used in its Passive form. I want to know if it's possible to use a sentence below in its passive form. Active: I have been telling him a long ...
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In the past year [duplicate]

I went to Australia last year. I have gone to Australia in the past year. I know it is perfectly alright to use past simple for the first sentence. But why do you use present perfect "have ...
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New way of understanding the present perfect tense

I've always struggled with the present perfect tense, as probably many non-native speakers do. The way I learnt the perfect tense in school always involved these so-called signal words that one had to ...
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“I am sorry. I didn't greet you” or “I am sorry. I haven't greeted you?”

By Googling I found that usually simple past tense is used after "I am sorry" and this also sounds better to me. But is it possible to use present perfect for it, in particular for British speakers? ...