ELLLO Intermediate English Lesson #5-09

The Present Perfect

Watch these videos to learn how to use the present perfect for time.

Present Perfect - Recent Changes

Point 1: We often use the present perfect to discuss status of actions that need to be done.
  • Have you finished the report yet?
  • No, I have not finished yet. / No, not yet.
  • Have you even started?
  • Yes, I already started. / Yes, I have
Point 2: We use the particle yet in the questions and negative forms to show an action is time sensitive.
  • Have you eaten yet?
  • No, I haven't eaten yet.
  • Has he left yet?
  • Not yet. He will leave soon.
Point 3: We also use the word already in the question and affirmative forms to show an action is time sensitive.
  • Have you already eaten?
  • Yes, I've already eaten.
  • Have you already started?
  • Yes, we already have.
Point 4: Both the present perfect and the simple past can be used to discuss the status of recent events.
  • Have you finished the report yet?
  • Yes, I've finished it.
  • Did you finish the report yet?
  • Yes, I finished it.

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