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

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A question about present perfect tense and simple past tense with if clause

I've been thinking of an enquiry, turning in my head, and as I couldn't get a satisfactory answer,or rather, people around me did not answer it confidently, I suspect the answers given by them. So I ...
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doubt about past simple and present perfect in an action passed but without time words

I don't know if this site is for native language or no. I hope you can help me. I have a doubt about past simple and present perfect. Which of the follow options is correct? They had made the ...
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Why not present perfect in “Nobody told me”

There is a song by John Lennon called "Nobody Told Me". It goes like this: Nobody told me there'd be days like these / Strange days indeed As ESL learners we are told that in the presence of a ...
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“was reconstructed by…” / "has been reconstructed by… (simple past vs. present perfect)

I'm editing a book in which the following formulation appears frequently in the notes: "This article has been reconstructed by [...]. The sources for this reconstruction are [...]. The text has been ...
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It's ages since… or it has been ages since

According to some grammars, present perfect tense should be used in the main clause, and simple past in the 'since' clause. I have lived here since 1999. I haven't eaten carbs since I spoke to you. ...
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Is “He should have gone running away” grammatical? [closed]

Is the use of the construction should have gone running away correct? Would not a better answer be “should have run away”? A teacher at my school had this question on her students exam and is curious ...
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Regarding the use of the present perfect tense

What tense is being used in the following sentences? I have been here. How often have you been in love in your life? There has been an accident. I think these sentences use the ...
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Present perfect/past perfect + for the first time

What is the difference between these two sentences?: "He cooked for the first time in 20 years." "He had cooked for the first time in 20 years." They use different tenses (simple past and past perfect)...
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Does “has been employed” imply they still are employed? [migrated]

Mr. Smith has been employed by our company as engineer since 1st March 2015. Does this mean Mr. Smith is still being employed by the company?
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Present Perfect vs. Simple past in this situation [migrated]

if somebody hasn't answered my question, what will be the difference of these two response in meaning? "You haven't answered my question!" "You didn't answer my question!" thanks
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Why did an author use in the sentence past simple with present perfect

The sentece is: Vincet knew enough to have decided that no one in it could ever be trusted.
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Why describe the word information by using present perfect

I've always seen term information was described as "data that has been processed". Why don't we describe it as "data that is processed"? From what I understand, we're describing definition of term and ...
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Today with present perfect [migrated]

Is it possible or even acceptable to use the present perfect with today (in those cases when today refers to the present age)? Even native speakers seem to disagree!! For instance; today, companies ...
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Should has or have be used in a [verb] while/during [verb] question? [closed]

Should has or have be used in a [verb] while/during [verb] question? Example: "studying while working HAVE/HAS made me a tough person" What should I use?
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I'm confused. Present perfect or simple past? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "I never lied to you." & "I've never lied to you."? It would be of great help if you provided me with examples, as well. Thank you. :)
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Present perfect and help to understand present perfect deeply [closed]

I am new to learning English. Recently I am learning about the subject of perfect tense in the English language. The subject of present perfect tense confuses me. Normally when I read present ...
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present perfect and help to understand sentences [closed]

What is the particular use of "been" in present perfect /i i often noticed been is used in some sentences of present perfect but not in some; what is the reason?some examples are given below. i want ...
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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 she?...
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Perfect aspect as a contradiction [closed]

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 buy ...
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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 him"....
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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 present ...
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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 visited?...."...
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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 ...