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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #73643: Past simple or present perfect
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    Past simple or present perfect

    Past simple or Present perfect?
    Past simple vs. Present perfect

    Past simple:

    Example : He met her yesterday. 

    ✔️ Finished actions: I went to England last year. I'm in France now.

    ✔️ Often with a finished 
    time word: "last year", "in 1999", "two hours ago".

    Present perfect:

    Example : The plane has landed. We'll soon meet them.

    ✔️ Unfinished actions: I've lived in Australia for 5 years. I'm still in Australia.

    ✔️ Life experience: I've learnt Japanese. I know how to speak Japanese.

    ✔️ Consequences in the present: I've eaten all the cookies. There is no cookie left for your sister.


    Complete the sentences with past simple or present perfect simple.

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    1. Last summer I spent a nice afternoon with a friend; we (go) to the cinema, did some shopping and talked a lot.

    2. I met my friend Jenny at university and we (remain) friends ever since.

    3. It is late ! 11.00 pm !! By the way darling, I (buy) a new dress this morning.

    4. Uncle Jimmy (come) to stay with us last month; it was very nice.

    5. Look at that man! He can't stand up because he (drink) too much champagne.

    6. I (study) Philosophy for a few years and I think it is a real advantage in life. I'm still learning Philosophy.

    7. That poor old man (work) hard all his life (from 1953 to 1999). He feels miserable because he has no money left.

    8. I have travelled a lot, but I (never/be) to the USA.

    9. He has worked hard for 3 years and he is proud because he (pass) his exam.

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