The Present Perfect is a complex and probably the most versatile English tense, so here you will learn how the Present Perfect is created and why it is so important for you to learn and use correctly. You will also need to learn the 3rd verb form in order to use the Present Perfect correctly. You will find a list of Irregular Verbs below.
Introduction to the Present Perfect
In this lesson you will be introduced to how the Present Perfect tense is created, using HAVE plus a Past Participle verb form and the main reason why it is so commonly used in English.
Describing Recent Events
An important point to remember is that we often use the Present Perfect to describe recent events that are connected to a current conversation. You will find that words including Already, Yet, Just & Still are commonly used to describe these recent actions.
Describing Unspecified Time
We also use the Present Perfect to describe past actions without a specific time. This is used when we either do not know when the event happened, or when it is not considered important.
Present Perfect Grammar Review
Make sure that you know how to create the Present Perfect correctly and learn why Irregular Verbs are so important.
What has happened?
Let's take a closer look at the importance of recent events. The question 'What has happened?' is always used to ask for information about recent events and answers must also use the Present Perfect.
Been & Gone
Do you know the difference between BEEN & GONE?
When describing unspecified time, we can use both Been & Gone to describe the action, however, it is important to understand the very specific differences in meaning when using them.
Already, Yet, Just & Still
Recent events are commonly described using either Already, Yet, Just or Still. Each has a very specific meaning, so watch this lesson to help you understand and use them correctly.
A Period of Time Until Now
Have you ever...?
We often use this construction to ask about experiences in the past without specifying the time period.
You will also learn how to describe time periods up to the present moment.
Specific Time Periods
What is a specific time period and how do we describe them with the Present Perfect?
Learn what is meant by a Specific Time Period, when does it start or end and if a specific time period can extend into the future.