Present perfect vs. Past simple

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differences between Past Simple and Present Perfect with examples

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Present perfect vs. Past simple

  1. 1. PRESENT PERFECT vs. PAST SIMPLE
  2. 2. PRESENT PERFECTAn action that happened in an unspecified moment in the pastExpressions: ever, never, once, many times, several times, before, etc.
  3. 3. PAST SIMPLEAn action started and finished at a certain time in the past, even if the time is not mentioned.We use it to list a series of actions in the past.Expressions: for two years, for ten minutes, all year, all day
  4. 4. ExamplesPresent perfect Past simpleYou have seen the movie He lived in Brazil for five many times. years.I think I have met once They sat at the beach all before. day.Nobody have ever We talked on the phone climbed that mountain. for an hour.

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