English Tenses: Past Simple and Present Perfect

The present perfect can cause a lot of confusion for English learners because it is actually used in several different ways.


0
1 comment, 12.8k shares

Learn the difference between Past Simple and Present Perfect Tense with useful grammar rules and examples.

The present perfect can cause a lot of confusion for English learners because it is actually used in several different ways.

Past Simple and Present Perfect

Simple Past Tense

Form:  

Subject + regular verb-ed or irregular verb (V2 form, Past Simple)

Use:

  • Finished time

We lived Japan in from 1995-1998. (a time period that started and ended in the past)

  • Definite time

I saw the Eiffel Tower in 2007.

  • Series of finished actions

First, he read book and then he watched movie.

  • Repeated actions

He went to the cinema every weekend last year.

Time phrases:

  • yesterday
  • ago
  • last
  • in 1994, etc.
  • in the 20th century,etc.
  • in July, etc.
  • on Monday, etc.

Present Perfect Tense

Form:

Subject + regular verb-ed or irregular verb (V3 form, Past Participle)

Use:

  • Unfinished time

I’ve worked as a teacher since 2011. (a time period that started in the past, and continues until now)

  • Indefinite time

I have seen the Eiffel Tower.

  • Experience

Have you ever seen this movie?

  • Result

She has already watched this movie 3 times.

Time Phrases:

  • already
  • just
  • yet
  • ever
  • never
  • for
  • since

Past Simple and Present Perfect | Image

Past Simple and Present Perfect


Like it? Share with your friends!

0
1 comment, 12.8k shares

What's Your Reaction?

Confused Confused
4
Confused
Sad Sad
3
Sad
Geeky Geeky
4
Geeky
Haha Haha
6
Haha
Wow Wow
17
Wow
Hard Hard
8
Hard
Easy Easy
13
Easy
What? What?
5
What?
Rosie

One Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format