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  • margyf
    6 April, 2009 at 12:21
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    Hi Steve

    Thanks for your feedback.

    I just wanted to clarify that I didn’t post this link to cheat.

    I have now removed it so that others can’t see it.

    10 April, 2009 at 8:33
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    Hi margyf
    at the risk of disappointing you (!) I agree with your tutor’s comments. Your analysis tends to be a little uninformed. I guess someone here could rewrite your work (I certainly could) but arguably, shouldn’t. As a trainer, I’d be disturbed if I discovered that one of my students had had their work done by someone on line! The idea is that you gain knowledge through your own efforts in order to pass that on to students when and where required. I strongly recommend that you get hold of a good basic English grammar (Swan would be good) and read up on the bits you’re unsure of.
    Rocket science – it ain’t! :)

    Working with language learners and training teachers since 1980. What’s it all about?

    29 July, 2010 at 8:13
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    The present perfect tense is a perfect tense used to express action that has been completed with respect to the present (the word perfect in its name refers to the idea of completion—of being now finished—rather than to perfection in the sense of "no flaws"). "I have finished" is an example of the present perfect. The present perfect is a compound tense in English (and in many other languages), meaning that it is formed by combining an auxiliary verb with the main verb.

    i.We use the Present Perfect Tense to talk about experiences. It is important if we have done it in our lives or not. It is not important when we did it.

    I have been abroad two times.
    Anna has never broken a leg.
    Have you ever eaten sushi?

    Tip! We often use never and ever with the Present Perfect Tense to talk about experience.

    ii.We use the Present Perfect Tense to talk about an action which started in the past and continuous up to now.

    I have been a teacher for more than ten years.
    We haven’t seen Janine since Friday.
    How long have you been at this school?

    Tip! We often use since and for to say how long the action has lasted.

    iii.We also use the Present Perfect Tense to talk about a past action that has the result in the present.

    I have lost my wallet. = I don’t have it now.
    Jimmy has gone to South America. = He isn’t here now.
    Have you finished your homework? = Is your homework ready?

    29 July, 2010 at 15:56
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    I’d like to add that I use the Present Perfect Tense with non-definite adverbs of time and the definite adverbs of time are mostly reserved for the Simple Past Tense.

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