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

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Felt + present/ past (back shifting )

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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“I have been keeping ignoring you.”

Does this make any sense? I have been keeping ignoring you. Besides that it sounds awkward, my Chinese buddy who knows more grammar rules than I care to list said that the phrase is ...
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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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Leaving the “been” out of the present perfect

I work (in the UK) with someone who habitually leaves the "been" out of the present perfect (or so it seems to me), using phrases like "Has an appointment created?" or "If an appointment has ...
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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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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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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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We have just received great email from the Google, which has brightened up our day.

Is the sentence above grammatically correct? I mean, first of all, should I use present perfect in this part of the sentence? I guess so because in the later part of my message I am talking about ...
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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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I didn't hear what you've said

Is the sentence I didn't hear what you've (just) said a natural one? Some tell me that it's unnatural, but not ungrammatical. Others tell me that it's all right. I'm puzzled. What do you think? ...
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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

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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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 this sentence grammatically correct? ...
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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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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

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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“I have never said” versus “I never said”

I have never said this. I never said this. Is the usage of have in the first sentence justified or grammatically correct?
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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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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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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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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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“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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“could have” vs. “could have been”

Can somebody explain when to use could have and could have been and under what circumstances? Please explain with an example. Is it something to do with the active (could have) and the passive ...
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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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“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 ...
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When was the form “is become” first used?

In the famous “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah, a line goes: The kingdom of this world is become the Kingdom of our Lord. I’ve noticed similar forms in many biblical texts and ...
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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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“I ever met” vs. “I have ever met”

In the following context, is it okay to say "I ever met" or is it "I have ever met"? Three years later you remain the coolest person I met.
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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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“Sally broke her leg” vs. “Sally has broken her leg” Does switching the past simple with the present perfect affect its meaning?

Earlier today I had a private lesson with an Italian student—intermediate level, who has been studying the present perfect vs. past simple tense. His teacher had given him an exercise where a list of ...
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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 ...