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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #55208: Present perfect
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    Present perfect


      The present perfect consists of the present tense of to have and the past participle of the verb.

    I have worked...He has eaten...they have played

    Examples with 2 verbs:

    Regular verb: PLAY

    I have played
    you have played
    he/she/it HAS played
    we have played
    you have played
    they have played

    Irregular verb: TAKE
    I have taken
    you have taken
    he/she/it HAS taken
    we have taken
    you have taken
    they have taken



     

    The present perfect is used  to show that the action began in the past and continues in the present.

    He has smoked since he left school.(he still smokes).

    He has been in  prison for two years.(he is still in prison).

     

    The present perfect with 'since', 'for', 'just', 'yet' and adverbs of frequency

    - Since: is used as a point in time and means 'from that point to the time of speaking'.

    Example: Since 1960, Since yesterday.


    - For: is used with a duration.

    Example: For six days, For a long time.


    - Just:  is used to express a recently completed action; Just must be placed between the auxiliary and the main verb.

    Example: I have just gone out.


    - Yet: is used in a negative sentence to show that the action began in the past and continues in the present.

     Yet is placed at the end of the sentence.

    Example: I haven't finished yet.


    - Already: is used in an affirmative sentence to show that the action began in the past and  finished at an indefinite time.

    Example: I have already finished.


    - Frequency adverbs, never, always, sometimes, often, etc.

    He has never seen a snake.

    I have always written with my right hand.

    N.B: Never and Always are placed between the auxiliary and the main verb.




    Exercise: Complete the sentences with the present perfect.

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    1. She (to stop) smoking since the birth of her baby.
    2. He (to be) in the Navy for two years.
    3. She (to become) jealous since the birth of her brother.
    4. They (never / tell) the truth.
    5. My teacher (always / help) me to improve my level.
    6. I (just / receive) a new message.
    7. He (already / finish) reading the novel.
    8. The plane (not / land) yet.
    9. She (always / respect) his point of view.
    10. He (just / find) a title for his new book.
    11. We (never / come) late.
    12. You (finish / not) eating yet !
    13. I (just / see) an eagle.








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