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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #90359: Past Perfect or Present Perfect
    > Other English exercises on the same topics: | Past | Present perfect [Change theme]
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    Past Perfect or Present Perfect

    Present Perfect is used   
    - to put emphasis on the result
    She has written two letters.

    - to express an action that started in the past and continuing in the present.
    I have worked in the hospital for ten years.

    - to talk about general experiences ( ever, never ).
    I have never eaten it before.
    Have you ever been abroad?

    together with lately, recently, yet.
    I have been to New York recently.

    - to say about an action repeated in an unspecified period between the past and now.
    I have visited them many times.

    when the precise time of action is not important or unknown.
    Someone has drunk my beer!

    - to describe events that occured before you expected.
    I have already graduated from University.

    Past Perfect is used - to express an action taking place before a certain time in the past .
    When we want to put emphasis on the fact, not the duration.
    Before Martin arrived here, he had spoken to him.

    - this tense is often used to report what people had said / thought / believed / told
    He told me that he had already read the book.

    - with Conditional Sentences ( Type III )
    If I had seen them, I would have given them some money.


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    1. We weren't hungry. We dinner.

    2. Before coming to Siberia Tom snow.

    3. Helen in England for three years but she can't speak English very well.

    4. She offered me dinner, but I a sandwich, so I wasn't hungry.

    5. Today I Joan three times but I haven't been able to contact her.

    6. Your son since the last time I saw him.

    7. Smoking is a waste of money. I .

    8. My father knew Spain so well because he the country four times.

    9. When I arrived home at seven o'clock, my sister dinner yet.

    10. I started reading this novel last week but I still it.

    11. By the time I got to their house, they home.

    12. Her son chess for 10 years.

    13. Before Nick met his wife, he in a serious relationship.

    14. If you to Joan's party, you would have met them.

    15. It is the first time I a motorbike. What a great feeling.

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