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

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“For how many days have you been there?”

I read the following and was wondering if it was grammatically correct? Can we use this if the person just moved from that place and you run into him in a new place? For how many days have you ...
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Why present perfect in “How many points have you scored this season”?

Normally we use the past simple instead of present perfect when an action happened at a specific time in the past and is not linked with the present. Why is the below sentence grammatically correct? ...
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Is present perfect necessarily definitive action in past [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do the tenses in English correspond temporally to one another? If I say "I have worked in a supermarket." does it mean that all the work is in the past and that now, ...
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“Having influence” in perfect tense

I chatted on IRC and stumbled upon such a nice sentence: On the opposite, Tom has been a good influence on my life since I met him. For me it means that Tom is an influence, instead of Tom ...
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“It's taking me forever” vs “It has been taking me forever”

If you are writing a long report, which one sounds more natural: "Oh, this report is so long, it's taking me forever" or "Oh, this report is so long, it has been taking me forever"?
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The origin of “been to” and “gone to” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between “I've been to China” and “I've gone to China”? I know the difference between saying "he's gone to the ...
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“have been” versus “had been” in questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do the tenses in English correspond temporally to one another? "I can tell that he's not English, but I wouldn't had been able to tell that he's french if you didn't ...
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About using “only” with present perfect

I have seen this sentence in a status from one of my facebook friends. It doesn't sound right to me. We have only left the city for the day. I think that it should be something like: We have ...
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“Once the client has replaced the songs” or “Once the client had replaced the songs”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do the tenses in English correspond temporally to one another? Mira is wondering what is the correct way to say: "Once the client has replaced the songs" or "Once ...
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Present Perfect with “that”

I came across the sentence "It's been thirty years since my parents first met." I am sure that if I heard "It's been thirty years that my parents first met", I would accept it as grammatical, but I ...
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Subject + “have had” + bare infinitive … ever correct?

In writing an email today I came up with the following sentence: "We have had two other ladies express an interest in the room." I'm a native English-English speaker and this felt fine to me. My ...
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Is “I just spent all my money” grammatically incorrect? [closed]

Lyircs of Free by Natalia Kills: I'm free I just spent all my money but I rocked that like it don't cost a thing Shouldn't it be "I've just spent all my money"? As far as I remember, ...
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Why no Future Perfect in “At the end of the year there will be an exam on everything you've studied”?

At the end of the year there will be an exam on everything you've studied. I'm just wondering why not use the Future Perfect tense here, as in: At the end of the year there will be an exam ...
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Present perfect and simple past

Here's a conversation: Speaker1: I have already seen this film. Speaker2: When have you seen it? [OR] When did you see it? Speaker1: Last month. Are both of the responses from Speaker2 ...
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Past simple with today

For example, I want to say that I found a ball today. But "today" means action in present, am I right? I've already searched the Internet and it seems the right way is this: I found a ball today ...
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Present perfect continuous and “for”

Why aren't you allowed to say "I have been knowing her for ten years" or "It has been broadcasting for many years"? But you are allowed to say "I have been waiting for an hour".
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Can the preposition “in” be used instead of “for” in the following sentence?

English grammar books say that when you express a period of time in present perfect, the prepostions such as "for" or "since" should be used. Example sentences: I have lived here for 20 years. ...
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“You have hidden a request sent by …” versus “You hid a request sent by …”

I have come across a couple confusing sentences when hiding (ignoring) requests on Facebook. The first response message was: You hid a FarmVille request sent by John Doe and the second was ...
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where should we use has/have been and had been?

Where should we use "has/have been" and "had been"? What is the difference between them?
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Is there a verb that doesn't take the participle form when used in Present Perfect?

I remember about a month ago I was speaking to a friend and I said a Present Perfect sentence like "I have [VERB]". I forget the verb but I remember it was an everyday verb, not something exotic. But ...
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Is there any pragmatic implication in ‘Beaky has enjoyed London’ here?

It says on a grammar book that in some cases, the present perfect form has pragmatic meanings. Joan has broken the teapot. (I have to get a new one.) I’ve had a bath. (I’m now clean.) Is ...
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Is that a correct usage of present perfect?

What do you think about this sentence? Do you have bought the lesson book? Is that a correct usage of "Do you have bought"? Or should I say "Did you buy"?
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“She is gone” versus “she has gone”

When should I say "She is gone", and when should I say "She has gone" (and why)? I think that when I mean "She went away and she's still there", it should be "She has gone". Are there exceptions ...
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Use of the word “have”

In a menu title/button, does "have" need to be used? Is "1" okay or should "2" be used? 1) People who contacted you in the last 24 hours 2) People who have contacted you in the last 24 hours This ...
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“Has been” vs. “was”

Should one use has been or was in the following sentence, and why? For many years the USA has been a British colony. For many years the USA was a British colony.
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Is this correct: “I'd have to have had…”

This sentence makes my head hurt a bit, and it doesn't seem right, but perhaps you guys could help me sort it out. "If I would've gone to Canada, I'd have to have had some kind of winter gear."
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Difference between “are you done” and “have you done.”

I was just wondering, how can we differentiate "are you done?" and "have you done?", and what is the appropriate way to use each?
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What is the difference between “I've been to China” and “I've gone to China”?

Both are in the present perfect, but one uses the verb 'to go' and the other 'to be'. Is there a rule for this? Is there any chance that the differences between "I have been" vs. "I have gone", are ...
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Can I use “I have asked something”

I wonder whether “ask” can be used as verb in past or present perfect tense. I used “I have asked something from somebody” in email, but this sentence sounds a little weird to me. So I want to check ...
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“I had finished the work on friday” / “I have finished the work”

Every morning, I have to speak in English. Suppose that today is Monday. Do these two sentences convey the same meaning? On Friday, I had finished the work. "Had" is used here because it is ...
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“I didn't finish” versus “I haven't finished”

If I worked on something yesterday but it was not finished, should I use "I didn't finish it yet" or "I haven't finished it yet"?
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“Like” or “have liked”? [closed]

Is this sentence correct? From early ages people like travelling. Isn't it better to say: Since early ages people have liked travelling.
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Using present perfect continuous without mentioning time period

I am having a problem understanding the meaning of a sentence that uses the present perfect continuous without stating a period of time (how long, since, for, etc). Can the sentence still indicate ...
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Meaning of a sentence using the perfect continuous tense

a. They have been throwing papers. b. They have been throwing papers since the teacher left. Does the sentence (a) have the same meaning as sentence (b), even though the period of time is ...
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Which is more correct here: “find” vs. “have found”?

I recently came across this sentence from an e-mail I received and have pondering thoughts about it: I have completed an evaluation of your application file and find that the items listed below ...
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When to use “has lived” vs. “lived” vs. “had lived”

Jim has lived there. Jim lived there. Jim had lived there. Are there any differences? When do I use one or the other? I'm trying to teach this to a foreign person and am having a hard ...
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How to use “have been” and be-verbs — what's the difference between them?

Consider these two sentences: They have been disappointing. They are disappointing. Could you tell me how can I identify when to use have been and when to use be-verbs in sentences like ...
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When do I use present perfect tense instead of the simple past?

I've finished my work. I finished my work. When do I use one or the other?
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“Has started” versus “will have started”

Which one of the following sentences is grammatically better? I hope she has started doing that by then. I hope she will have started doing that by then. Now, if I make it indirect, it will ...
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Conjunctions and modal verbs

What is the correct version? They have contacted me and discussed or They have contacted me and have discussed
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Is there another way to say “needn't have done”?

I'm learning modal verbs now and get in trouble with "need" one. In my textbook it is said that: don't need to == needn't -- present simple didn't need to -- past simple needn't have done -- ...
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Why is 'present perfect' present if it happened in the past? And why is it 'perfect'?

Why is 'present perfect' present if it happened in the past? And why is it 'perfect'?
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Why is the perfect tense used in this sentence?

I wish I have been there for the baby kicking for the first time? Could I change the sentence to I wish I was there for the baby kicking for the first time? What are the differences ...
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Perfect tense usage

When is the Perfect tense used? All examples illustrating Perfect are always answer to the some question. So there is no way when i can simple said: "I have written a note" or "I had written a note" ...
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Verb Forms and Their Usage

What is meant by "present perfect", "past perfect", and "future perfect" verbs? How can I identify them or know which is which?
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Which is correct: “when you have finished” or “when you will finish”?

From an English test on Facebook: When you have finished to move the furniture, let me know. or When you will finish moving the furniture, let me know. I think the correct one is the ...
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Can you replace the present perfect continuous with present continuous when a concrete time period is specified?

As I have learnt, present perfect continuous should be used when we want to describe some activity which lasted for concrete period of time and is not finished still. For example, "I've been waiting ...
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When will “Present Perfect vs. Past Tense” cases be affected by culture?

Regarding actions taken in the past, besides the differences those two tenses have semantically, my teacher shared that it could be a British vs American English case. When talking about past ...
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When is the present perfect tense used instead of the past tense?

When is the present perfect tense used instead of the past tense? I know that the present perfect tense is used when some adverbs (e.g., never, ever) are present in the sentence.
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“Whenever you arrive/are arrived/were arrived”

Which one of these sentences is grammatically correct? Would it be alright if the other sentences were being used in daily conversations? Let me know whenever you arrive. Let me know whenever ...