Present Perfect Simple and Progressive small talk

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Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Present Perfect

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Present Perfect Simple and Progressive small talk
Part One: Small talk with people you know
Ask suitable questions from below, using the right Present Perfect tense each time. Other 
tenses are sometimes possible (with different meanings), but just use Present Perfect 
Simple or Present Perfect Progressive. Sometimes both are possible, so you can pick 
either one. You can then ask other follow up questions to get more details if you like. 
How ___________________________________________________ (your day be) so far?

How _________________________________________________ (your week be) so far?

Long time no see. How _____________________________________________ (you be)?

____________________________________________ (you be) busy recently/ this week? 

____________________________________ (you have) many meetings today/ this week?

What are you working on at the moment?

_______________________________________ (you make) much progress with that?


How long ____________________________________________ (you work) on that?

How was your weekend?/ Did you do anything nice at the weekend?

I ______________________ (never go) to…. How was it?/ Would you recommend it? 

How was your evening?/ Did you do anything nice last night?

I ____________________________ (never hear) of… What/ Where/ What kind of…?

(You are looking good.) ______________________________ (you change) your hair?/ 
(You are looking good.) __________________________________ (you lose) weight?/ 
(You are looking good.) ____________________________________ (you work) out?/ 
(You are looking good.) ___________________________ (you buy) some new glasses?

(You look awful/ terrible.) ________________________________ (you not sleep) well?/ 
(You look awful/ terrible.) __________________________________ (you catch) a cold?/ 
(You look awful/ terrible.) ____________________________ (you do) too much overtime?

(Wow/ Oh dear/ Oh my goodness!) ______________________ (you have) an accident?/ 
(Wow/ Oh dear/ Oh my goodness!) ________________________ (you break) your arm?

(I know you are a fan of… murder mysteries/ domestic dramas/ sitcoms/…
__________________________________________ (you watch) the latest series of…?/ 
(I know you are a fan of superhero movies/ thrillers/ rom-coms/…) 
___________________________________________________________ (you see)…?

Fill all the gaps above with a Present Perfect tense. When both are possible, write both. 
What are the differences in meaning between these pairs of tenses?

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Written by Alex Case for © 2020

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