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A Simple Way of Using Present Prefect in Conversation ESL

Present perfect is not easy for language learners.  This is a question learners ask:

Do I really need it?

Here's my answer: No, not for the basics, you don't.

But…(singing - if you listen to the audio I'm singing:)

If you've lost that lovin' feelin'

Ohhhhh... That lovin' feelin'

If you've lost that lovin' feelin', now it's gone, gone, gone. Ooowooo.

If you feel like you want to express yourself in a precise way, then...
Yep. You got it. Present perfect!

Okay maybe it's not that exciting.

Here's an easy way to use present perfect. (Present perfect is předpřítomný čas)

Use it to start a conversation.

What???

That's right, start the conversation with present perfect.

Here's an example:

"I've been to the new restaurant that opened. It's really good. I had a pumpkin coconut soup. Delicious."

Do you see? It begins the topic. The first sentence is present perfect.

One more example:

What have you done this week?

"I have started a new project and am finishing another one."

Don't use present perfect instead past tense.

Example:

What did you do over the weekend?

I have been to Brno and have visited Vida

It's a past tense question. Answer in Past tense.

We went to Brno and visited Vida.

Hope this tip helps you use the grammar a little more. I know it's hard. Remember to keep up the good work.

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ESL, ESL Conversation, Grammar, Present perfect


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