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    svartnik is offline Banned
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    Default present perfect tense

    hello

    I have seen her

    the tense is determined by the verb form: seen.
    seen is the past participle tense of the verb, see.
    MY q is: why we still say: present perfect tense.
    What does present mean in the phrase
    AFAIK, tense does not include the auxiliary, then why still we say perfect here.
    Why do we not say for the simple past tense that it is perfect tense.
    What makes a tense perfect?

    Please help me sort it out.
    Thanks

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    Default Re: present perfect tense

    Means it has some kind of link to the present situation.

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    Default Re: present perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by meez View Post
    Means it has some kind of link to the present situation.
    Hello

    Thanks for the info

    So if I am not mistaken, tense does not always denote the verb form, but the absolute location of the action in time, or when the effect of the action is felt?

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    Default Re: present perfect tense

    Tenses are a long discussion (as many things in grammar).

    I go to the park
    Present tense

    I am going to the park
    Present tense, progressive aspect

    I went to the park
    Past tense

    I was going to the park
    Past tense, progressive aspect

    I have gone to the park
    Present tense, perfect aspect

    I had gone to the park
    Past tense, perfect aspect

    ...and so on...
    (Perfect + progressive combos are also possible)

    Also please note that in many cases an aspect or a tense denote much more than just "when did the action take place" or whether "the effect is still present"

    Consider:

    If I went there, I would be rich

    This is conditional, and indicates nothing about the past.

    Similarly, consider: (I've posted this before, it's a good example)

    Who rearranged the furniture?
    Who's
    rearranged the furniture? (Who has rearranged...?)

    Here the perfect aspect doesn't indicate whether the effect is still felt or not, but rather where the focus is on (on the action or the "who did it")

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    Default Re: present perfect tense

    Thanks a lot.

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