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Adverbs and past tense
Which adverbs take the Present Simple (Preterite) vs the Present Perfect?
PRESENT PERFECT AND ADVERBS
Use the present perfect :
- With adverbs expressing a temporal link with the present:
Now, by now, so far, since/for, over the past ...
ex: He has been here since this morning.
- With adverbs expressing a consequence in the present:
Always, never, ever, before, already, yet, still, just, recently, it's the first time.
ex: Have you ever been to Australia?
It has just happened.
PRETERITE AND ADVERBS
Use the preterite :
- With expressions that take place in the past:
Once, ago, when, in those days, last week, on Monday, etc.
ex: It happened a long time ago.
- With terms that describe a sequence of past actions:
First, then, later, next ...
ex: He looked at her and then laughed.
Put the verb in parentheses in the correct form : preterite or present perfect! Note the correct placement of the adverb when it is in parentheses.
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