I’m gonna tell you guys, how to use present perfect and past simple. And what’s the difference between these two.
Present perfect simple: have / has + past participle
Present perfect is used for past experiences, when I don’t say exactly when the experiences happened.
“ I have known my best friend since I was a child. “
“ I have watched the movie twice. “
Ever and never are often used when I ask or talk about past experiences. They go before the main verb.
A “ Have you ever been to Tokyo? “
B “ I have never been there. “
Present perfect is used for recent past actions, often with just. Just goes before the main verb.
For example: “ She has just left home to go to work. “
You can use “ already “ and “ yet “ for emphasis. Already is used in positive sentences and goes before the main verb.
for example: “ I have already done my homework. “
Yet is used in negative and question sentences. Yet goes the end of the sentence.
For example: “ Have you booked your flight yet? “ “ I haven’t watched the movie yet. “
How to use past simple
You can use past simple for finished past actions and you know exactly when the things happened.
For example: “ My friend got married last year. “ “ I didn’t have time to contact you last night. “
So, what’s the difference between these two and How to use present perfect and past simple is when I use present perfect, I’m talking about my past experiences and I don’t have to say when they happened. If I wanna say when they happened exactly I use past simple with time expression like yesterday , last week, last month etc.
I had confused when the first time I had learnt about present perfect and past simple but now I’m getting used to them and I feel that I understood the grammar. What I want to tell you is don’t give up soon. You can understand eventually like me , even though the grammar seems difficult to understand. Please try to study hard.
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I hope this article helps you to improve your English skills. I also recommend reading how to use future forms.
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