Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. rock-onn's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Malayalam
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Jul 2016
    • Posts: 250
    #1

    why present perfect tense is used here?

    In my study text an example is given which is a fictional one. It uses present perfect tense.

    A sporting venue has used linear regression to examine the relationship between hot drink sales and match day attendances as follows:


    This is the first sentence of the example given.

    Why did they use present perfect tense?

  2. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 9,938
    #2

    Re: why present perfect tense is used here?

    Because the work was done in the (recent) past and is being presented now (at the time of writing).

    Note that your question should be: Why is (the) present perfect used here?

  3. rock-onn's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Malayalam
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Jul 2016
    • Posts: 250
    #3

    Re: why present perfect tense is used here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Note that your question should be: Why is (the) present perfect used here?
    I didn't understand why should I use present tense to ask that question. My reasoning is that it is already done by them and so past tense looks right for me. English grammar is tough.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 9,272
    #4

    Re: why present perfect tense is used here?

    Write I don't understand why I should use present tense to ask that question. You have to invert subject and verb after a question word when the phrase is a question. When it's a statement, don't invert them. Forming questions in English is tough, too, isn't it?

    We use the present tense to ask questions when we're asking about habitual or repeated actions or an ongoing condition. I changed the tense in your question about asking questions because you're asking about an ongoing state.
    I am not a teacher.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] Present perfect tense or past perfect tense
    By riswan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Apr-2015, 06:39
  2. [Grammar] Present perfect tense or Present tense of Past tense
    By Shin0131 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-Jul-2014, 08:30
  3. present perfect tense & present perfect continuous tense
    By *zaizai~love* in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 30-Oct-2008, 23:06
  4. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 14-Mar-2007, 16:13
  5. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 27-Oct-2004, 01:21

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •