Present Perfect  Versus  Past Tense by Buthaina Al-Othman <ul><ul><li>Use  present perfect  to show that something is  </l...
To Introduce the General Idea <ul><ul><li>Use present perfect tense to introduce the general idea.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
When to Use the Present Perfect <ul><ul><li>Use the present perfect when you talk about  something that happened in the pa...
With For and Since <ul><ul><li>For  is used to show length of time ( how long the period of time was ). </li></ul></ul><ul...
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When to use present perfect and why?

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  • Actually, I believe you would use the simple past tense to refer to Marilyn Monroe's role in movies. Since she is dead now, there is no expectation for this to continue into the future. You would use the present perfect to refer to George Clooney's role in movies, since we assume that this will continue. Otherwise this is a very helpful slideshow. Thanks for making it available.
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Present Perfect Versus Past Tense

  1. 1. Present Perfect Versus Past Tense by Buthaina Al-Othman <ul><ul><li>Use present perfect to show that something is </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>still true now . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex:“ My friend has lived in Kuwait all his life.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(He is still living here; still true now) </li></ul>AlOthman, Buthaina <ul><ul><li>Use past tense to talk about something that is </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>no longer true now . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: “Marilyn Monroe lived in L.A. all her life.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(She doesn’t live anymore there; she died; no longer true now) </li></ul>
  2. 2. To Introduce the General Idea <ul><ul><li>Use present perfect tense to introduce the general idea. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the simple past to give specific details. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ex: “Marilyn Monroe has been </li></ul><ul><li>dead since 1962, she had many </li></ul><ul><li>friends and four husbands.” </li></ul>AlOthman, Buthaina
  3. 3. When to Use the Present Perfect <ul><ul><li>Use the present perfect when you talk about something that happened in the past but do not mention the specific time it happened . The experience is more important than when it happened. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ex :“Marilyn Monroe has played the </li></ul><ul><li>leading role in many movies”. </li></ul>AlOthman, Buthaina
  4. 4. With For and Since <ul><ul><li>For is used to show length of time ( how long the period of time was ). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For two weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For ten years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For five months </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ex: “She has lived in L.A </li></ul><ul><li>for 36 years.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Since is used to show when a period of time began. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Since 1989 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Since I turned 39 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Since May </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ex: “She has lived in L.A </li></ul><ul><li>since 1926.” </li></ul>AlOthman, Buthaina

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