Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Present Perfect - Usages

 

The main function for the present perfect tense is to relate something in the past to the present. We can do so in a number of ways. First, we have indefinite past actions. 'I have been to Italy twice'. We're not concerned with when it happened, we just simply want to say that it has happened in the past. It's a fact of something I have done in the past but yet it's still true in the present. Unfinished past actions: 'I have lived here for three years'. I started living here in the past and it's still true now. With this usage, you will typically see time expressions. Finally, we have past actions with present results. I have lost my keys. It's implied that I still haven't found them. I lost them in the past. I don't have them now. I've lost my keys.


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The more I read about these units, the more I realize I don't understand the rules of English at all which makes teaching it especially tricky. It is extremely important to provide students with the necessary practice excersises before they feel comfortable with speaking and writing fluently in English. I did enjoy the teaching ideas presented in the unit, expecially vor teaching passive voice--repetition with active/passive sentences and getting students to match them makes for a fun activity that also solidifies the important concepts.