- For Teachers
Here are my questions:
- Which statement is correct? taking shower or taking a shower
- if we use questions like:
"Have you ever been given a medication before?" or
"Have you ever had a medication before?
- Can we omit the word "before" for both?
- Do we expect us to answer it in present tense or past tense or present perfect tense?
I'm looking forward for a positive response.
Your medication questions sound unnatural. Often a pharmacist will ask you, before dispensing a drug:
"Have you ever had this medication before?" (Yes, I agree it's redundant)
"Have you had this medication before?" (It would be more common to leave out 'ever' where I come from)
The questions are in the present perfect tense: you have had.
You would generally answer in an ellipted form of the present perfect.
Yes I have. [had this medication before], or No I haven't. [had this ... ].
Note the difference between the present tense: "Yes I have" (something), and the ellipted present perfect "Yes I have" (had something).
You could even answer "Yes I have had". if you want to be more emphatic.
Hi, many thanks to both of you!