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English Grammar – Present perfect simple and present perfect continuous

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Difficulty

Low (Medium) High
A1 A2 B1 (B2) C1 C2

Differences between these two tenses:

Present Perfect Simple

Present Perfect Continuous

1) Used when an action is still happening 1) Used when an action started in the past and is still happening
2) Used to talk about an experience at an unknown time in the past 2))Used for an action that has just/recently stopped
3) Focuses on the result 3) Focuses on the activity
Examples:
1) They have lived in Dubai for 6 years. (They still live there) 1) I have been working at Maltalingua since April 2012.
2) I’ve been to Mexico twice 2) My hands are dirty because I’ve been repairing the car.
3) I’ve written 5 letters 3) I’ve been writing letters all morning.

Remember For is used with a time duration whereas since is used with a starting point

Try the following quiz to see how much you remember – Good Luck :-)

created by Tess Giordmaina

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English Grammar – Past Simple and Present Perfect

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Difficulty

Low (Medium) High
A1 A2 (B1) B2 C1 C2

Differences between these two tenses:

Past Simple

Present Perfect Simple

1) Used to talk about a finished action in the past 1) Used when an action is still happening
2) Used when one action happens after another 2) Used for an action that happened at an unknown time in the past (time is not mentioned)
3) Used to describe an experience
4) used for an action that happened in the past but influences the present
Examples:
1) We travelled to Jamaica last year. 1) They have lived in Dubai for 6 years. (They still live there)
2) When Peter finished work, he called his friends and they all went to the beach. 2) I’ve already been to that museum, so I’m afraid you have to go on your own. (we don’t know when he/she visited the museum)
3) I’ve been to Mexico twice (in my life, up to now)
4) I have lost my keys (the keys are still missing)
Key words

  • yesterday
  • 2 days ago
  • last week/month/year
  • in 2006
Key words

  • so far
  • up to now
  • just
  • already
  • yet
  • ever
  • recently/lately

Now try the following quiz to see how much you remember – good luck :-)

created by Tess Giordmaina

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