Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    englishteacher79 is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    42
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Present Perfect or Present Simple?

    I'm wondering if these sentences are correct:

    "John is a very lenient teacher. The result of this has been that his students love him."

    In the first sentence, we're using the present simple - John "is". Then the present perfect for "the result...has been". Then the present simple for "his students love him."

    Is this correct? Or should it all be present perfect:

    "John has been a very lenient teacher. The result of this has been that his students have loved him."

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    21,703
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Present Perfect or Present Simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishteacher79 View Post
    I'm wondering if these sentences are correct:

    "John is a very lenient teacher. The result of this has been that his students love him."

    In the first sentence, we're using the present simple - John "is". Then the present perfect for "the result...has been". Then the present simple for "his students love him."

    Is this correct? Or should it all be present perfect:

    "John has been a very lenient teacher. The result of this has been that his students have loved him."

    Thanks.
    "John is a very lenient teacher. The result of this has been that his students love him." This is fine, it would also be OK with present simple in the second sentence.
    "John has been a very lenient teacher. The result of this has been that his students have loved him." This is not natural, it would be OK with present simple in the second sentence.

  3. #3
    englishteacher79 is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    42
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Present Perfect or Present Simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "John is a very lenient teacher. The result of this has been that his students love him." This is fine, it would also be OK with present simple in the second sentence.
    "John has been a very lenient teacher. The result of this has been that his students have loved him." This is not natural, it would be OK with present simple in the second sentence.
    Thanks, would it also be possible to say (all using present simple):

    "John is a very lenient teacher. The result of this is that his students love him."

    If in my initial example I don't use the stative verb "love" but rather the verb "buy" such that the sentence becomes this:

    "Cars are very cheap. The result of this has been that many people have bought cars." - would this be OK? Or would this be preferable:

    "Cars are very cheap. The result of this has been that many people buy cars."

    Or would both be acceptable as both have slightly different meanings? (The former meaning that many people have bought them from the past till now, but the latter emphasizing that it's a fact that many people buy cars)

    Thanks.

  4. #4
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    21,455
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Present Perfect or Present Simple?

    I​ prefer the present simple in both sentences.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

  5. #5
    englishteacher79 is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    42
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Present Perfect or Present Simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I​ prefer the present simple in both sentences.
    So would you prefer

    "Cars are very cheap. The result of this is that many people buy cars."

    to

    "Cars are very cheap. The result of this has been that many people buy cars."?

    Thanks

  6. #6
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    21,703
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Present Perfect or Present Simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishteacher79 View Post
    So would you prefer

    "Cars are very cheap. The result of this is that many people buy cars."

    to

    "Cars are very cheap. The result of this has been that many people buy cars."?

    Thanks
    I would prefer the first one, but I can imagine hearing the second.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 13-Sep-2012, 21:23
  2. [Grammar] Present perfect, simple past, present perfect progressive
    By dilodi83 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-May-2010, 08:44
  3. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-Sep-2009, 08:09
  4. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Apr-2005, 03:34
  5. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 27-Oct-2004, 01:21

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk