The Present Perfect Simple

A new week, a new tense! This time we’ll have a look at the present perfect simple. The name of this tense can be a bit confusing because this tense is generally used to talk about the past – not the present. You can use it to talk about general past experiences when you want to highlight that something happened, and not when it happened. For example, ‘Have you ever been to Barcelona?’ – No, I’ve never been.’ Really? Well, then you must come and visit soon because it is a beautiful city especially in spring time!

You also use the present perfect simple to say that something started in the past and is still true now. For example, ‘I’ve known Fran for almost 4 years.’ Fran is my colleague and I met her in the summer of 2013 when I moved to Barcelona. We are still working together and we are good friends.

Have a look at this video to find out more about how you form this tense and when to use it exactly. As always, I would love to hear from you, so leave me a comment on the blog or on YouTube!

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