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

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Present perfect vs. passive voice

Here are two sentences that look pretty similar: The book was written by Hugo. The book has been written by Hugo. Each of them says that the action has been already performed in the past ...
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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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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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Why is this “has” used?

Tennyson has looked to Shakespeare for inspiration. (Tennyson, his masters by Grant Smith) This was written way after Tennyson died, but has is used. Why? Is it grammatical? I would use looked to ...
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How to understand “We have not been smoking”?

Given a sentence: We have not been smoking What is the exact meaning the speaker wants to express? One interpretation: We smoked an hour ago, but we stopped smoking after ten minutes, then ...
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“Did you do it?” vs “Have you done it?”?

If someone did something that made me mad, which is correct to say: Did you do it? have you done it? If not, what is the proper situation for saying Did you do it?
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What does “Compound Tense” mean? [closed]

I have problems with learning about "Compound Tenses". Please help me.
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perfect tense: question on “unspecified time”

What kind of time descriptor can be regarded as an "unspecified time"? (So it can be used along with the perfect tense) For example, it's correct to say: I have seen that movie six times in the ...
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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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Present Continuous instead of Present Perfect Continuous? [closed]

Is it possible to simplify sentences like: "I've been having soy milk for 10 yrs now" "I've been standing here for an hour"* into: "I'm having soy milk for 10 yrs now" "I'm ...
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What is the difference between following 2 sentences? [duplicate]

What is the difference between following 2 sentences? Can you please explain me the meaning of both? "I have eaten my lunch" "I ate my lunch" Thanks a lot for helping.
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What is the difference between “I have worked here” and “I have been working here”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following sentences? When can I use either? I have worked here and I have been working here
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“She has put on some weight.” vs “She put on some weight.”

Say, you ask the father... A: How is Mary? B: She is fine, but she put on some weight. Say, you ask someone who just saw Mary after a long time... C: How is Mary? D: She is fine, but she ...
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Trouble with mixed tenses [closed]

How many phones have you lost in total? I've lost 2 in 2 months, at this rate I could be catching you up!" In particular I've used the past simple in the first sentence. The second sentence ...
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“Have been + verb-ing” vs. “have + past participle”

What's the difference between the following constructions of present perfect: I've been waiting for you for seven years. I've waited for you for seven years. Googling yields no satisfying ...
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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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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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Did I show you my graduation photo or have I shown you my graduation photo?

So I was on my way home from school, and I overheard two people talking about something. The one asked the other: ''Did I show you my graduation photo?'', I asked my self whether it shouldn't be ...
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“Have been having classes” or “have had classes for three months”?

Which sentence is correct: "I have been having classes for three months." or "I have had classes for three months."
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Past perfect in Crime and Punishment

I've just started reading the English translation of Crime And Punishment, and come across the following sentences where the usage of past perfect tense has confused me: He was so badly dressed that ...
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Present Perfect or simple past?

A student has written: Still, I have already been aware of most of the information even before watching the video. It doesn't feel right and I would normally use a past simple here. I'm on my ...
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Present perfect tense sentence

For the following sentence: I haven't been there in a long time. I want to know if the above sentence conveys any connection with time up to now. How can I correct this sentence it if it 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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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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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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Accidental usage of a complicated tense structure [closed]

Here I found myself, on the second day of new year, writing a comment, in which I unintentionally used an overly complicated tense structure, that left me clueless. Lately there have been plenty ...
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“been often” vs “often been” [closed]

Which of these is the correct form: techniques have been often used for post-processing or techniques have often been used for post-processing
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“Yesterday you didn't tell me John was with Finch last year”

"Yesterday you didn't tell me John was with Finch last year" here why aren't we using "John had been with Finch last year"? (since I spoke to you yesterday and with respect to that shouldn't it be ...
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Past Simple or Present Perfect: Tried or Have Tried

I’ve tried to help you. The action happened in the past but I don’t say when. I tried to help you yesterday. The action happened in the past but I say when. Which is correct and which is not? I’m ...
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Present Perfect Simple versus Present Perfect Continuous: a tricky case

The parents come back home, see the living-room is in a terrible mess. Do they ask their little ones "What have you done?" or "What have you been doing?" What is understood in each of the questions? ...
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at which point I can shift from past perfect back to simple past?

Imagine I'm writing a story in past tense. Here come some questions: SENTENCE 1: "Tom simply couldn't imagine how different the world had been when his father was at Tom's age: there hadn't been ...
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What does “perfect” in say past perfect imply? [duplicate]

Many verb tenses such as "past perfect", "present perfect", and "future perfect" exist. I understand what these tenses mean and when they should be used, but what does the word perfect imply? Are ...
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Meaning and sentence structure of “Why would we have thought otherwise?”

Here is a snippet from an article on CNN And of course the fiscal cliff turned out to be a dud. Why would we have thought otherwise? It somehow makes perfect sense that Washington created its own ...
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“Had spent” vs. “has spent” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: where should we use has/have been and had been? [Company] had spent previous years a few blocks away from the new location. This sentence uses "had spent", but to ...
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Present perfect as continuing action (“for three years”) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When to use “has lived” vs. “lived” vs. “had lived” I’m having trouble understanding this sentence: I have lived here for three years (I still live here.) I know ...
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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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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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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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Difference between Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous

I know this question has been asked a lot, but I still don't fully understand the difference between Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous (if there is one). Sometimes the two tenses are ...
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present perfect in combination with duration

Is it somehow possible to combine the present perfect and a reference to duration within one single clause, using the present perfect to refer to a past event or situation that took place at some ...
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How to list down actions that are done in the past and are still being done in the present?

Which is more correct? "I have conquered sleepless nights, have studied various topics, have participated in extra-curricular activities, and have juggled my time for school and home duties" ...
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present continuous tense, present perfect tense and present perfect continuous [closed]

What are the differences between following three sentences ? A. I am living here for 3 years. B. I have lived here for 3 years. C. I have been living here for 3 years.
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“glad to receive something” or “glad to have received something”? [closed]

which is correct? "I am glad to receive your letter." or "I am glad to have received your letter." The intent is to talk about a specific letter recently received in the past.
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Perfect of modal “to have to” in infinitive-clause

Take the following sentence: I claim to have had to have done something. As I understand it, it means that I was obliged at some point to have done/finished something at that time. Is that ...
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Simple past or present perfect when describing a series of recent actions

I, as an American, would opt for the simple past rather than the present perfect in the following sentence: Today she has gone to a class, and after that she has been shopping. Is this sentence ...
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Is this sentence correct? Present Perfect for finished past

Is this sentence correct? "Post-Soviet Russia has long hesitated before definitively recognizing the frontiers with its new neighbors" The recognition comes after the hesitation; therefore, the ...
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If I write this sentence in others ways, what differences do you think they will bring to native speakers?

I just read the following sentence in the text book New Concept English: A public house which was recently bought by Mr. Thompson is up for sale. My question is, how is it different from saying ...
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What is the difference between Past perfect cont and present perfect cont?

Could you explain the differences between the two tenses? When should I use present perfect continuous and when should I use past perfect continuous? "I had been doing before I was young" "I have ...
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Is “the photo I had taken” correct? [closed]

Which of the following sentences is correct: I've just uploaded the photo I had taken on Monday. I've just uploaded the photo I took on Monday. I guess that this sentence Yesterday I ...