ELLLO Low Intermediate English Lesson #4-07

Present Perfect - Experiences

Watch these videos to learn how to use the present perfect to disucss experiences.

Present Perfect

Point 1: Use the present perfect to talk about experiences.

  • Where have you worked?
  • I’ve worked for many companies.
  • I haven’t worked for him.
  • Have you been to Europe?
  • Yes, I have been to Spain.
  • No, I haven’t had the time or money.

Point 2: Use the particle 'yet' in questions to ask if an action occured.

  • Have you seen the movie yet?
  • Yes, I have seen it.
  • No, I have not seen it yet.
  • Have you finished yet?
  • Yes, I am done.
  • Not yet.

Point 3: Use 'already' in affirmative statements. It can go before or after the verb. Also, the answer can use the past tense.

  • Have you eaten yet?
  • Yes, I've eaten already.
  • Yes, I've already eaten.
  • Have you called her?
  • Yes, I called her already.
  • Yes, I already called her.

Point 4: Contractions

  • I have eaten. = I’ve eaten.
  • I have not eaten. = I haven't eaten yet.

  • You have won. = You’ve won.
  • You have not won yet. = You haven't won yet.

  • She has left. = She’s left.
  • She has not left yet. = She hasn't left yet.

  • He has finished = He’s finished.
  • He has not finished yet. = He hasn't finished yet.

  • It has stopped. = It’s stopped.
  • It has not stopped yet. = It hasn't stopped yet.

  • They have quit. = They’ve quit.
  • They have not quit yet. = They haven't quit yet.

  • We have won. = We’ve won.
  • We have not won yet. = We haven't won yet.

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