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    when we can use the perfect tense ?

    I always use the present and the past tense but I don't know when I can use the perfect tense ? whether in past perfect or present perfect or the prograssive one .

    would you please tell me ?

    thank a lot ..

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    Re: when we can use the perfect tense ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zorra View Post
    I always use the present and the past tense but I don't know when I can use the perfect tense ? whether in past perfect or present perfect or the prograssive one .

    would you please tell me ?

    thank a lot ..
    uses of the present perfect:We use the Present Perfect Tense to talk about experiences. It is important if we have done it in our lives or not. It is not important when we did it. I have been abroad two times.
    Anna has never broken a leg.
    Have you ever eaten sushi?

    We use the Present Perfect Tense to talk about an action which started in the past and continuous up to now.

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    Re: when we can use the perfect tense ?

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    xamples
    I have been a teacher for more than ten years.
    We haven't seen Janine since Friday.
    How long have you been at this school?

    Tip! We often use since and for to say how long the action has lasted.
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    We also use the Present Perfect Tense to talk about a past action that has the result in the present.

    Examples
    I have lost my wallet. = I don't have it now.
    Jimmy has gone to South America. = He isn't here now.
    Have you finished your homework? = Is your homework ready?

    Tip! We often use just, already and yet with the Present Perfect Tense for an action in the past with the result in the present.

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    Re: when we can use the perfect tense ?

    Nada thank you so much for helping me .
    your explanation is very wonderful.

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