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

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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 ...
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past-time expressions and present perfect in British English

Could anyone please tell me what on Monday modifies in the following passage? Does it modify has held talks? Also, what does which refer to? The talks or the meeting? I suppose it refers to the ...
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Present perfect and has been usage

This is an excerpt from a newspaper: They demanded the removal of Mr. X and Mr y, who have been accused of involvement in the pqr scam. Why does the author use have been and not are accused?
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Past perfect reference

I'm wondering about the use of tenses in the following sentence. To me this should have been past perefect. I was led by the county's envoy to the meadow where we found prisoners *already beaten ...
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Difference between two verb tenses

She is reading a lot these days. She has been reading a lot these days. Which one is correct? Is there any real difference between them?
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Using of tenses!

This year two Spanish novelists (have been awarded) or (were awarded) I have had an argument about this, I have chosen have been awarded but my friend says that Nobel is once a year, that's why ...
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Continue working vs continue to work [duplicate]

I found this explanation: http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic38633.html but what about present? I continue to work or I continue working? Are they the same?
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Present perfect or past simple - “the best movie I (saw/'ve seen) this year”

I know the rule is to use past simple when you specify the time when the described action happened, but I strangely dislike this sentence and I'm not sure if the rule applies: "It's the best movie I ...
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Tense of a zero conditional when the main clause is in present perfect

I'm not sure about the terminology so I'll just give examples. Present simple: In 19th century, if you wanted to go to Japan, you had to sail. Past simple: Today, if you want to go to ...
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The present perfect tense vs the present perfect continuous tense

Sometimes the present perfect continuous tense gives the same meaning as the present perfect tense,and  it makes me confuse.I don't know which one is the better to use?! For example: Someone has eaten ...
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Why can't subordinate clause contain present perfect tense?

For example: ...until/before I have been working here... WRONG, why? A complete sentence would be: Before I have been working for McDonald's, I had been working for Chipotle. The subordinate ...
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Can you please explain differences in following phrases: [duplicate]

Can you please explain differences in following phrases: I am thinking I thinking I think I have been thinking
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Simple Past and Present Perfect together

An original line from Stratfor's Decade Forecast: 2015-2025, published in February: The world has been restructuring itself since 2008, when Russia invaded Georgia and the subprime financial ...
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What is the difference between “I have been looking for you” and “I have looked for you”? [closed]

I am facing an unfortunate complication while studying the present perfect and present perfect continuous tenses. I can't understand the difference between some of their parts. What is the difference ...
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Difference between “have” and “have been”? [migrated]

Tell me all you know. First of all I thought they both mean doing a continuous action until the very present, until I saw the other post on pretty much the same topic. I feel what that post provide ...
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I noticed vs I have noticed [duplicate]

Is there a difference between I noticed and I have noticed? What is the correct use of each of these? Thanks
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Have you seen or did you see?

In US, when people work together, they may look for a colleague or any person to tell something or for any other reason, asking other collegues/people such a question: have you seen Michael or did you ...
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“I haven't finished with that” vs “I wasn't finished with that” [closed]

I've just seen that example of usage "I wasn't finished with that" http://9gag.com/gag/aep02N5 And it seems incorrect to me. Why wouldn't I use "I haven't finished with that" instead? Is it correct ...
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Why is this sentence wrong?

In their stories, originally published in the eighteenth century, the Brothers Grimm have embraced a number of themes that have never vanished from life, despite modern advances in science and ...
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Present perfect or simple present in relative clauses- British English

Might I pose yet another question on the (tedious?) subject of the contrast between present perfect and simple past? I have been asked if the following sentence should be: "This is the report I ...
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Present Perfect Question

I know I've been asking a lot of questions lately about tenses. But please bear with me here. NASA scientists have decided to delay the space shuttle's launch in order to determine whether ...
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Past Perfect vs. Present Perfect

I am a new member on this site. So please guide me somewhere else if I post anything incorrect. I have been working on these two sentence corrections that ask about Present Perfect, Past Perfect and ...
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Using “might have been” in the present perfect

How do we use "might have been" in the present perfect? For example, "The door might have been closed". How can we say this in the present perfect? Or is it already in the present perfect?
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When we express the nearest past, can we use 'present perfect'? [duplicate]

In the various usage of present perfect, I heard that there is a usage of expressing the nearest past like 'I've kicked the dog.' What percentage we used 'present perfect' to express 'the nearest ...
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Is it normal to use the present perfect to confirm a statement in the simple past?

Is it normal to use the present perfect to confirm a statement in the simple past ? Q : I visited Paris last year. A : Oh, you have visited Paris ? Q : She travelled through Eastern ...
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Active or passive voice - which to use?

In my software, if for some reason the installation fails, I want to display a message. Which of these is correct? Some problem occurred. The installation cannot proceed. Some problem ...
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Where have you been for your last vacation?

I'm about to work at an English Hagwon in Korea. Hagwon is the Korean term for a private language school so unique to this nation only. I received this textbook and on its first page there are some ...
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Linking words: Prepositions - for linking two ppc sentences

I have two sentences which I want to join them using the preposition "in addition to". 1) I have been playing soccer. 2) I have been listening to music. The second sentence should first be ...
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backshifting of tenses (optional back shifting) [duplicate]

Let's first talk about simple present tense. John : "I have a fever." John said that he has a fever. Here no change in tense because John still has a fever. Now take an example of present perfect ...
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When to use the present or the past perfect tense?

A few days back, I asked a question - why in reported speech is the present perfect tense sometimes not back shifted to the past perfect tense ? For example: He said that he has painted the door. ...
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They have found, or they have been finding?

In Beijing, China, researchers at the Wuhan University have been taking a closer look at the thick bone that cushions the woodpecker's brain. They have been comparing the skull structure of great ...
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The ambulance is on its way. There's been an accident?

Why hasn't the simple past been used rather than the present perfect in this sentence ''The ambulance is on its way to Beck's house. There's been an accident'' Why not: ''there was an accident'' It ...
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Q: Why isn't he answering? A: 1) He must have already slept 2) … must have been sleeping?

I didn't reply to a ping in the chatroom. The English enthusiast suggested this about me at the time: He must have already slept. Hours (and dreams) later, I came back, I saw the above ...
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Use of Present Perfect [duplicate]

I am not sure whether I have used Present Perfect correctly in the following sentence: "Influenced by my academic background and experience, my research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary. ...
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'Belong to' or 'have belonged to' - simple present or present perfect? [closed]

Which sentence is correct? I have belonged to the tennis club for three years. OR I belong to the tennis club for three years. I would appreciate it if someone would kindly answer my ...
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Use of prepositions in and for with Present Perfect tense

I would be thankful if any native could tell me whether the following sentence is correct - I am learning the language -. I haven't spoken to my sister for / in a few days. Are for and in both ...
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Unfinished time word and Present perfect [closed]

I've seen in the following page I should use the present perfect in a sentence with an unfinished time word. http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/present-perfect-or-past-simple.html However in the ...
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“You have” or “You've got” a message?

I know it's common to say "You've got a message" and I'm wondering whether it's also correct to say "You have a message"?
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I've looked for a job VS I've been looking for a job [duplicate]

I'm not a native english speaker and I'd like to understand the difference between these 2 sentences: I've looked for a job for 2 years. I've been looking for a job for 2 years. Does the first one ...
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Is “He is risen” Correct?

This is not correct, right? Mixing present tense and past tense makes me think it is not correct but I see it so often on signs that I'm not even sure any more. Is there a specific reason why it's ...
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That was what I heard/had heard [duplicate]

“You are right, my lesson’s learned,” was what I heard him shout. MY QUESTION- Should it be :...was what I heard/was what I HAD heard...."
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usage of HAS in tenses [duplicate]

"she RETURNED 2 days ago and she HAS KNOWN me for 2 yrs" Why in the 2nd sentences we have used "HAS" and not in 1st sentence?
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present perfect + past simple in the same sentence

Can I use present perfect tense and simple past tense in the same sentence ? For example : Even though I have just/recently cleaned up the house, I spotted some bugs around the kitchen (today/this ...
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Simple past vs. present perfect [closed]

I have a few questions about simple situations. What should I say to another person right after falling? a) I fell b) I have fallen What should I say to another person right after throwing a ball? ...
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What would “I forgot my keys” mean in this situation? [duplicate]

If you were at the door and found out that you had forgotten your keys you might say: "I have forgotten my keys" .. but what would it mean if you said I forgot my keys instead?
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“Represent” or “Representing” [closed]

Mr. X approaches each case with a commitment to effectively represent your interests. OR Mr. X approaches each case with a commitment to effectively representing your interests.
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Present Perfect vs. Present Perfect Continuous

how are you? Well, my biggest doubt at the moment is the difference between these two tenses. Actually, the more I study the more I have doubts with these tenses. Present Perfect vs Present ...
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Past or present perfect in: “The ball fell down” or “The ball has fallen down” [closed]

I dropped something onto the floor just now. What verb tense would be appropriate to describe the situation right after falling? The ball fell down The ball has fallen down
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What are the proper verb tenses of this sentence?

First a little history before I pose my question. Without this history my question may not fully make sense. King Fahd of Saudi Arabia had a stroke in 1995. After this stroke, Crown Prince Abdullah ...
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Haven't or hadn't [closed]

It's 1.Back to the old days when I haven't cut my bangs Or 2.Back to the old days when I hadn't cut my bangs