Present perfect and past simple
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Present perfect + past simple PDF exercise 1
- Choose the correct tense to complete the conversation.
Present perfect + past simple PDF exercise 2
- Choose the correct response.
Present perfect + past simple PDF exercise 3
- Correct mistakes.
Present perfect + past simple PDF exercise 4
- Complete the sentences with the words in brackets.
Present perfect + past simple PDF exercise 5
- Use the underlined words to make statements or questions.
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Present perfect vs. past simple
We use the present perfect simple to express actions or states that started in the past and are connected with the present.
Sir, we have already changed the wheels on your car. You can collect it.
(The result of the past action is important in the present moment.)
Terry has worked as a waiter since he left school.
(It started in the past and continues to the present.)
We use the past simple to talk about actions or states that started in the past, ended in the past and have no connection with the present.
Sir, we changed the wheels on your car in the morning.
(The time of the past action is important.)
Terry worked as a waiter when he lived in Corfu.
(It started in the past and ended in the past.)
With the present perfect we do not specify when the action happened. The time is not relevant.
If we give the time or it is clear from the context that we mention a certain time in the past, we must use the past simple.
Have you had breakfast yet?
Did you have breakfast at the hotel?
I've already read your letter.
I read your letter last night.
They haven't told me about it.
They didn't tell me about it when we met.
Have you had the operation?
When did you have the operation?
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