Tenses must have gotten that name for a reason; my theory is because they cause stress. However, the present perfect shouldn't stress you out. Present perfect is the tense we use to talk about the continuity of time. How many times have you seen your favourite movie? Once, more than once? How often have you gone on vacation to the same place, more than once? We can add up the frequency of the events in our lives. These occurrences add up and become a period of time known as the present perfect. This tense describes your life up to now. It starts in the past and does not use exact time. We wouldn't say, "At 2:00 p.m. I have been to the dentist." Because, 2:00 even a minute after is in the past! The present perfect doesn't sum up life, it adds to it and leaves the present open-ended.
I hope you've enjoyed this lesson. If you would like to take a quiz on the present perfect tense go to this page:
Next week, we'll look at the present perfect progressive tense.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
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