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

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Difference of “I visited / have visited the museum many times when I was a university student.” [on hold]

(a) I visited the museum many times when I was a university student. (b) I have visited the museum many times when I was a university student. What is the difference between (a) and (b)?
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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

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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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

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? ...
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“did she tell” or “has she told”: should we use simple past or present perfect here?

Stella isn't here, did she tell you where she was going? Stella isn't here, has she told you where she was going? That is, should simple past or present perfect tense be used? It is an ...
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Is it okay to use the Present Perfect Continuous tense twice in one sentence?

I wonder if it is grammatically fine to use two have/has been in the same sentence? Example: After you have been informed that your paper has been accepted…
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Past Perfect and Past Simple in AmE

I've recently been told that Past Perfect and Past Simple tenses are interchangeable in AmE. I know that it is possible to use the Past Simple tense instead of the Present Perfect one in AmE but have ...
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I've just bought vs. I just bought vs. I bought [duplicate]

I bought an English grammar book 3 weeks ago. Is it correct to use any of the following sentences interchangeably to tell my friend that I bought the book, or is there a difference in meaning between ...
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What tense is “I have never been so hungry”? [closed]

What tense is "I have never been so hungry." I can guess that it is present perfect continuous but it doesn't have verb+ing. Or the verb might be "feeling" like, I have never been feeling so hungry. ...
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“papers that (have been / were) published”: which is better? [closed]

Which of the following sentences is correct? 1) During my career I have worked on papers that have been published. 2) During my career I have worked on papers that were published.
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Which timeline illustrates “I have finished my homework” most accurately? [duplicate]

I have learned Present-perfect in school. But I felt that foreigner used in different way of Present-perfect. What is the right tense of this sentence? Please choose the right picture that shows ...
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Do you say “despite living in the US for more than 15 yrs”?

Here is the complete sentence: Numerous collections of short stories include works by Isaac Bashevis Singer who, despite living in the US for more than 15 years, continued to write primarily in ...
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"it's a long time that.'

This question was posted here "It's a long time that" - correct or not? a few months back and an answer was selected. The answer given is hardly satisfying, and I feel that the question ...
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Felt + present/ past (back shifting ) [duplicate]

A few months back I met a celebrity and seeing his glamour I felt that I have/had no past or future. Which is to be used, had or have ?
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Present Perfect Progressive in scientific writing?

Scientific writing is generally supposed to be written in present tense (focus on proof of the existence of the result, not how the author arrived at it). However, I have a case where this results in ...
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Past simple Vs Present Perfect (obviously)

I have read this text about a man who has spent a terrible holiday (in the island of Thassos) due to the disorganisation of the travel company. In fact the text consists in the complaint letter that ...
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Present perfect VS infinitive verb

I was wondering why the first sentence below (where the verb "have scored" is present perfect form) is wrong while the second sentence (where the verb "to score" is infinitive) is correct. He ...
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What one should reply to - “Can I talk to Jeremy?”

Situation I receive a call caller asked me;" Can I talk to Jeremy?" What is correct reply and What should I respond to this situation with. he has gone for lunch. he went for lunch. he ...
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Do I need to mention 'has' ( present perfect tense) twice when connecting the sentences with and?

Is this sentence correct as is, or should I remove the second has since that phrase is connected to the preceding one with and? As Mr. X has replied your email and has requested the 'PDF files' of ...
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Was removed vs has been removed [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker and would like to know the difference between these two: 1. Profile was removed 2. Profile has been removed Yes I know it is Past Simple vs Present Perfetc. For me, the ...
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present perfect vs past perfect usage [duplicate]

In indirect speech present perfect tense is back shifted to past perfect tense. For example - John said, "I have written a letter." (Direct speech) John said that he had written a letter. (Indirect ...
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Past perfect tense vs present perfect tense usage [duplicate]

David got a message telling him that he has/had won the prize. Here which is to be used ? Has or had ?
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What is the difference between 'past' and 'present perfect;?

Are they here? 1) Yes. They arrived. 2) Yes. They have arrived. I cannot understand what the difference is. Of course I know 1) is 'past' and 2) is 'present perfect' But in my country, ...
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past simple vs present perfect in this example

A:Why is Lisa so upset about her trip ? B:She (had her luggage searched) three times. The answer in the workbook( "Grammar in Use") shows 'had her luggage searched' is the correct answer. I'm a ...