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

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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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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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'Have had' or 'had'? [closed]

"We have had visitors this week" or "We had visitors this week" ? I am not sure whether to use present perfect (because the week is not over) or simple past (because it is over; they are no longer ...
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Present Perfect Tenses [migrated]

I have been in Europe for 2 years -Does this sentence mean I was in Europe for 2 years? -What's the difference between these two sentences? I have been in Europe -Can this mean I am still in in ...
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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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Sequence of tenses dilemma [duplicate]

In my grammar book, in sequence of tenses chapter I read that "a past tense in a main clause will be followed by the past tense in a subordinate clause.". For example - 1) He saw that there ...
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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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Present Perfect Tense Asking [migrated]

I am a beginner for English grammar. I read following paragraph in my grammar book. I got your long email about two weeks ago and have been trying to find time to write you back ever since. I have ...
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How long have you known..? [migrated]

I've just took an English exam and there was a question I must answer using "since". How long have you known her? My answer was "I have known her since February". But then I thought what if I wrote ...
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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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“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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'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? ...
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this is/was the best meal I have ever had/had had

We are currently discussingq with my colleagues what the correct grammar would be in this context: you have just finished a meal and want to say it was/has been the best meal you ever had. What tenses ...
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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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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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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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Should I use past perfect tense here?

I was thinking about a certain situation. Suppose that one week ago, I played basketball once, and that today I was talking with a friend. I: I played basketball once last week. My friend: ...
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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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“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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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
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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 ...