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Present Perfect Tense

or the most confusing tense you have


ever tried to understand !

Bożena Klukowska
Gimnazjum w Chylicach
ul.Dworska 2 1
What do you need
the Present Perfect for ?

• to tell what you have done recently/ lately.


• to tell what you have just or already done.
• to tell what you have never/ ever done.
• to tell what you have done so far/ up to now.
• to tell what you have done today/ this week/ this
month/ this year.

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What is so confusing about it ?
• It can describe either
present or past
activities !

• There is no similar
grammatical item in
Polish !

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How can you form
the Present Perfect?
Positive I, you, we, they, have done
sentence he, she, it, has worked

Negative I, you, we, they, haven’t done


sentence he, she, it, hasn’t worked
Question Have I, you,we, they, done?
Has he, she, it worked?

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Why don’t you try some
exercises?

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Choose the correct answer.

• Peter ........never • Peter ........ has


watched „Maja bee”. never watched
• A) had „Maja Bee”.
• B) have
• C) has • Congratulations!
• D) none of these
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How about this?

• None of these
• Lidka hasn’t ........to • Lidka hasn’t been
Majorka yet. to Majorka .
• A) had • Precisely!
• B) seen
• C) drove
• D) none of these
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Try the next question.

• ....you ever smoked? • Have you ever


• A) has smoked?
• B) do
• C) have • Good!
• D) none of these

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Choose the correct answer again.

• She hasn’t ..........the • She hasn’t cooked


dinner already. the dinner already
• A) cooks
• B) cooked • Very well!
• C) make
• D) none of these
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Can you do this one ?

• None of these
• He hasn’t ........ a • He hasn’t taken a
shower today. shower today.
• A) take
• B) took • Well done!
• C) taked
• D) none of these
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Try this one !

• ...........Joan • Has Joan ever


ever...........a shark? eaten a shark?
• A) has J. eat
• B) does J. eaten
• C) has J. eaten • Not bad! Keep on
• D) none of these trying
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Choose the correct answer one
more time.
• None of these
• She has never
kissed a man.

• She has ........ a man.


• A) never kiss
• B) ever kissed
C) just kisses
• Of course, you are

• D) none of these
right !
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Choose the correct answer.

• ..........you ever ......... • Have you ever lost


your head ? your head ?
• A) have..........lost
• B) do............lose
• C) did...........lose
• Right again!
• D) none of these
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Choose the best answer again !

• Tom and • Tom and Arthur


Arthur ........................ haven’t bought a dog
a dog so far. so far.
• A) don’t buy
• B) hasn’t bought
• C) haven’t bought
• D) didn’t buy • Excellent!
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What’s the right answer now?
• .................Peter and • Have Peter and
Mat ............... abroad Mat been abroad
before? before ?
• You are absolutely
• Has..............been right !
• Have............seen
• Have............been
• None of these
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Why don’t you
test yourself again?
• What action can you describe with the
Present Perfect?
• How do you form it ?
• What time expressions can you use
with the Present Perfect?
• What’s the difference between the
Present Perfect and the Simple Past ?

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