Perfect Tenses

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Perfect Tenses

  1. 1. THE PERFECT TENSES DBS 2B
  2. 2. The structure of the present perfect tense is: it? done they Have ? finished? you Have ? football. played not have We - to Rome. been not has She - mine. eaten have You + aliens. seen have I + main verb auxiliary verb subject
  3. 3. How do we use the Present Perfect Tense? <ul><li>There is always a connection with the past and with the present . There are basically three uses for the present perfect tense: </li></ul><ul><li>experience </li></ul><ul><li>change </li></ul><ul><li>continuing situation </li></ul>
  4. 4. 1. Present perfect tense for experience <ul><li>We often use the present perfect tense to talk about experience from the past . We are not interested in when you did something. We only want to know if you did it : </li></ul><ul><li>Examples : </li></ul><ul><li>He has lived in Merbok. </li></ul><ul><li>Have you been there? </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2. Present perfect tense for change <ul><li>We also use the present perfect tense to talk about a change or new information : </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLES : </li></ul><ul><li>I have bought a car. </li></ul><ul><li>Amierah has broken her leg. </li></ul><ul><li>The police have arrested the killer. </li></ul>
  6. 6. 3. Present perfect tense for continuing situation <ul><li>This is a state that started in the past and continues in the present (and will probably continue into the future). This is a state (not an action). We usually use for or since with this structure. </li></ul>
  7. 7. EXAMPLES : <ul><li>I have worked here since June. He has been ill for 2 days. How long have you known Siti Sahara? </li></ul>
  8. 8. The structure of the past perfect tense is: dinner? eaten   they Had ?   arrived?   you Had ?   left. not had We - to school. gone not had She - before me. stopped   had You + my work. finished   had I +   main verb   auxiliary verb subject  
  9. 9. How do we use the Past Perfect Tense? <ul><li>The past perfect tense expresses action in the past before another action in the past . This is the past in the past . </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE : </li></ul><ul><li>The train left at 9am. We arrived at 9.15am. When we arrived, the train had left . </li></ul>
  10. 10. EXAMPLES : <ul><li>I wasn't hungry. I had just eaten . </li></ul><ul><li>They were hungry. They had not eaten for five hours. </li></ul><ul><li>I didn't know who he was. I had never seen him before. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Rakina wasn't at home when I arrived.&quot; &quot;Really? Where had he gone ?&quot; </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>We often use the past perfect tense in reported speech after verbs like said, told, asked, thought, wondered : </li></ul><ul><li>He told us that the train had left . </li></ul><ul><li>I thought I had met her before, but I was wrong. </li></ul><ul><li>He explained that he had closed the window because of the rain. </li></ul><ul><li>I wondered if I had been there before. </li></ul><ul><li>I asked them why they had not finished . </li></ul>
  12. 12. The structure of the future perfect tense is: it? received have   they Will ?   arrived? have   you Will ?   left. have not will We - to school. gone have not will She - me by then. forgotten have   will You + by 10am. finished have   will I +   main verb auxiliary verb   auxiliary verb subject  
  13. 13. How do we use the Future Perfect Tense? <ul><li>The future perfect tense expresses action in the future before another action in the future. This is the past in the future . </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE : </li></ul><ul><li>The train will leave the station at 9am. You will arrive at the station at 9.15am. When you arrive, the train will have left . </li></ul>
  14. 14. EXAMPLES : <ul><li>You can call me at work at 8am. I will have arrived at the office by 8. </li></ul><ul><li>They will be tired when they arrive. They will not have slept for a long time. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Yana won't be at home when you arrive.&quot; &quot;Really? Where will she have gone ?&quot; </li></ul>

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