Love the Present Perfect

Von Helen

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love the present perfect

As you may have already guessed, I certainly do love the Present Perfect. It is the tense which makes English sound English and I strongly recommend that you grow to love it too.

Don’t forget, we use the Present Perfect when we talk about:

1. Experience.
For example: I’ve never been to Japan or I’ve tried lots of different Chinese food. It doesn’t matter when these things happen.

2. A new and changed situation.
For example: He’s broken his leg, he can’t possibly play football or I’ve been to the hairdressers and had my hair cut short.

3. How long a situation (not an action) has been going on.
For example: We’ve been married since 1990 or how long have you lived here ?

4. Something which has happened only a short time ago.
For example: Where have you been ? or I’ve just finished the cooking.

The Present Perfect doesn’t exist in German, so don’t try to translate but rather think English.

If an action in the past is finished, over , done and has nothing to do with today, then we use the Simple Past. For example: I went to the cinema yesterday.

But if the action started in the past and still has some relevance to today, then we use the Present Perfect. For example: I haven’t been to the cinema this year.

Helen Sippl

Helen Sippl

Business English Coach
Über den Autor : Helen Sippl ist ein erfahrener und erfolgreicher Business-English-Coach mit einer Leidenschaft dafür, Führungskräfte dabei zu unterstützen, effektiv im globalen Markt zu kommunizieren. Ihre Geschäftserfahrung erstreckt sich über 20 Jahre und mehrere Branchen, darunter Finance, Marketing und Beauty. Helen Sippl verfügt über mehr als 10 Jahre Erfahrung im Coaching in internationalen Unternehmen und in privaten Einzeltrainings. Sie ist ein zuverlässiger Partner für alle Führungskräfte, die ihre Botschaft in Englisch sicher und souverän vermitteln möchten