Time Expressions Used With The Present Perfect Tense

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Time Expressions Used With The Present Perfect Tense

  1. 1. TIME EXPRESSIONS USED WITH THE PRESENT PERFECT TENSE
  2. 2. FOR - SINCE <ul><li>(used as prepositions in sentences with a </li></ul><ul><li>verb in the present perfect tense expressing </li></ul><ul><li>that an action still goes on) </li></ul><ul><li>FOR : A period of time </li></ul><ul><li>Bono has performed on stage for 20 years. </li></ul><ul><li>SINCE : The moment when the action started </li></ul><ul><li>I haven’t seen Mary since last week. </li></ul>
  3. 3. ALREADY - YET <ul><li>(used as adverbs in sentences with a verb in the present </li></ul><ul><li>perfect tense when we are talking about personal </li></ul><ul><li>experiences) </li></ul><ul><li>ALREADY : Sooner than expected (affirmative sentences and some questions) </li></ul><ul><li>They’ve already sold 12 million bands. </li></ul><ul><li>Have you already done your homework? </li></ul><ul><li>YET : The speaker is expecting something to happen (negative sentences and questions) </li></ul><ul><li>He hasn’t found a sponsor yet . </li></ul><ul><li>Has the programme started yet ? </li></ul>Mid position (before main verb) End position (end of sentence)
  4. 4. Other TIME EXPRESSIONS used with the present perfect tense: <ul><li>(In sentences with a verb in the present perfect tense when </li></ul><ul><li>we are talking about personal experiences) </li></ul><ul><li>JUST : Only a moment ago </li></ul><ul><li>The train has just left. </li></ul><ul><li>EVER : At any time </li></ul><ul><li>Have you ever done any charity challenges? </li></ul><ul><li>We haven’t ever eaten in this restaurant. </li></ul><ul><li>NEVER : At no time </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve never been there. </li></ul>Mid position (before main verb) Mid position (before main verb) Mid position (before main verb)
  5. 5. <ul><li>RECENTLY : At a time immediately before the present </li></ul><ul><li>Has Janet talked to him recently ? </li></ul><ul><li>LATELY : Not long ago </li></ul><ul><li>Have you seen her lately ? </li></ul><ul><li>ONCE: One time </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve been to London once in my life. </li></ul><ul><li>TWICE: Two times </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve been to London twice in my life. </li></ul><ul><li>THREE TIMES...: </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve been to Paris three times in the last 5 years. </li></ul>Usually, end position Usually, end position Usually, towards the end of sentence Usually, towards the end of sentence Usually, towards the end of sentence
  6. 6. QUESTIONS <ul><li>How long have you taught English at Secondary School? </li></ul><ul><li>I have taught English at Secondary School for 18 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Since when have you taught English at Secondary School? </li></ul><ul><li>I have taught English at Secondary School since 1992. </li></ul>

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