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

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Have been to college, been in college and gone to college

How do the following sentences differ in meaning/emphasis? 1) Have you been to college? 2) Have you been in college? 3) Have you gone to college? Will you also make comments on the following for ...
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What is the difference between “I have been looking for you” and “I have looked for you”? [on hold]

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”?

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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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 ...
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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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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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Difference in terms of location between “been to” and “been in” at the time of speaking(now) in sentences using present perfect

I would like to ask a question about the proper use of "been to" and "been in" in sentences using present perfect. Currently I'm reading English Grammar in Use (2nd Edition Cambridge Press — ...
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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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finish, is finished, have finished

Could you help me about this question? I am confused about how to use "finish" with "when". For example: When your class is finished, could you wait for me at the bank? When your class ...
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“Is used” vs. “has been used” vs. “was used”

I have three sentences of which I'm not sure which one is grammatical, and why. It refers to the Eiffel Tower. It is used as the symbol of Paris and of France for over a century. It was ...
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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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Present-Perfect: “hadn't heard” vs. “haven't heard”

Let's say I have just listened to a beautiful song wanted to immediately tell my friend about it. Which sentence should I use? A. I haven't heard a song this good for a while. B. I hadn't ...
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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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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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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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Using “wish” to express regret in the present and in the past

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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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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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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How is “I have come” + infinitive different from Present Perfect?

Consider the following examples: I have noticed that a lot of people are switching to Unity. vs. I have come to notice that a lot of people are switching to Unity. or: The Saddam I have ...
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“have been working” vs. “have worked”

What is the difference between the following two sentences? I have been working here for 20 years. I have worked here for 20 years. The present perfect tense is used for repetitive or ...
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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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Have lived vs. Have been living

What is the difference between the followings? A. I have been living here for 5 years. B. I have lived here for 5 years. Am I correct that these two represent the same event, but A ...
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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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“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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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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“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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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? ...