Present Perfect for intermediate learners
Present perfect is a useful tense that talks about an action that happened in an indefinite time in the past. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.
What Is the Present Perfect Tense?
We use the present perfect tense in English to talk about actions that happened in the past but they are somehow related to the future.
Using the Present Perfect Tense
The present perfect tense is used to express:
- Unfinished actions
- Actions in the past
- Unspecific times
How to Form the Present Perfect Tense
Based on the subject of the sentence, have or has is used followed by verb + -ed (past participle), However, there are some verbs that are not followed by -ed (irregular verbs). Here are a few examples:
Let us take a look at some irregular verbs:
Let us take a look at a few examples in the past perfect tense with irregular verbs:
To make a yes/no question, have/has is placed at the beginning of the question. To make a wh-question all you have to do is using a yes/no question after the wh-word. For example:
Where have you been?