I remember doing this particular exercise with some students on an evening back in 2014. For the first time, I looked lost while teaching. They were asking me about auxiliary verbs and I had not a clue what they were. After a few months, I learned a lot about grammar and how to teach it, but present perfect in the beginning was a pain in the BEHIND! Let’s get into it!
Look at these sentences and match the numbers with the bullet points.
- Have you ever tried Durian?
- I’ve had a bad cold for a week.
- They have made it illegal for under- 18s to drink alcohol in Thailand.
- An experience or experiences which happened at an unspecified moment in the past.
- A past action which has a result in the present.
- A situation that started in the past and continues to the present.
Rule: we make the present perfect with the present simple of have + the past participle of the main verb.
Affirmative: He has seen the doctor.
Negative: He hasn’t seen the doctor.
Question: Has he seen the doctor?
Complete the sentences with the present perfect form of the verbs given.
- I have decided (decide) to study medicine.
- My friend _____________(meet) Dr. Smith.
- We ______________(study) anthropology back in grade school.
- I ______________(not have) any bad customers.
- _______________your dad_______________(watch) a football game?
- My sister ________________ (become) a singer.
Put ever or never in the correct place.
- Have you been to Mongolia?
- I’ve been to Mongolia.
- She’s taken antibiotics.
- Has your dad helped anyone in an accident?
- My friend and I have written a fairytale.
- Have you flown with Emirates?