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    Present perfect

    I am having trouble with the Present Perfect Tense. Could you help me, please?
    Does the following sentence, "I have washed the car." necessarily imply that the action has been completed, and is now over?
    Would it be possible that it might right in the process of being performed?

    -What I you done this afternoon?
    -I have washed the car.
    To me, options are possible: I have done it, and it is over now. It may have just ended, or maybe about to end. Or maybe I am still in the middle of it. Only the context can enlighten me about that.

    To me, the tense doesn't indicate anything about the action being over or not. It just means that it happened at some point in the past, in a way that made it remarkable enough to impact the present. So the three options mentioned above are possible.

    Am I right about that analysis?
    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Present perfect

    Welcome to the forum.

    The speaker has finished washing the car. If he/she were still doing it, it would be "I'm washing the car" (present continous).

    Note that there is no reason to capitalise the names of tenses. It's simply the present perfect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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