Ben’s Grammar Tip

The Present Perfect Simple

Present Perfect Simple is quite easy to understand: an action that happened in the past with no time.

There are three main uses:

  • An action in the past with no exact time.
  • An action in the past that is finished but the time is unfinished
  • An action that is connected to the present.

Let us compare the Present Perfect Simple and the Past Simple

I went to America in the year 2000.

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The speaker can clearly see in their mind when this event happened.

The action (going to America) is finished and the time is finished (the year 2000).

 

Present Perfect Simple = Have/Has + Past Participle

I have been to America

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When did I go? That’s right, you don’t know.! You just know I went. Not only that, but I am still alive so my time is unfinished.

 

This is the basic idea of the Present Perfect Simple. Just remember:

THE PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE HATES EXACT TIME!!!

 

 

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