Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Tense

  1. #1
    MIA6 is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    37
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Tense

    Does Present Perfect tense represent an action that happened in the past and still continues to the moment of speaking? If so, it means an action is still going on when you are speaking, right? ok, Here is an example: A mum is now speaking to her husband on phone:" I have looked for our daughter for a long time. I am so worried about her! " It means She looked for her daughter in the past, but is she still looking for her daughter at the moment of speaking? Not really... because she is now making the phone call. But i think she looks for her daughter recently, from Monday to today, at least she doesn't stop to find her. What do you think?

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    41
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by MIA6 View Post
    Does Present Perfect tense represent an action that happened in the past and still continues to the moment of speaking? If so, it means an action is still going on when you are speaking, right? ok, Here is an example: A mum is now speaking to her husband on phone:" I have looked for our daughter for a long time. I am so worried about her! "
    As far as I know, I believe that one function of the present perfect is to talk about things that events that happened in the past at un unspecified time and that have a connection with the present.

    I have looked for our daughter for a long time.
    To me, this means that she looked for their daughter at some time in the past, and for an extended period of time. When? I'm not sure.

    I have been looking for our daughter for a long time.
    To me, this means that she looked for their daughter for a long time, and continues to look for her.


    What do others have to say?

Similar Threads

  1. present perfect tense & present perfect continuous tense
    By *zaizai~love* in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 30-Oct-2008, 22:06
  2. How would you define the future time?
    By shun in forum Linguistics
    Replies: 143
    Last Post: 13-Oct-2006, 01:20
  3. be going to..... will .. and their tense
    By M in MN in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 02-Jan-2005, 16:39
  4. Do we have future tense?
    By shun in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Oct-2003, 17:06

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