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If you want to tell someone about things you have - or haven't - done, you'll need the present perfect tense. This is one of the most useful verb forms in English for talking about life experiences. And it's easy to get wrong, so we're here to help. Let's start by looking at some words we'll need to use it.

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Things to do before you're 30

It's fun to set yourself a list of things to achieve - but how many of them will you really do? It's becoming popular to create a  ‘bucket list’ - things to do before you die or before a certain age. Take a look at the picture and think about the experiences you've had in your life so far.

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To do

There are six life experiences suggested by the photo. In the next activity, you'll learn which verbs we use to talk about those experiences and activities. That will help you create your own 'bucket list' later on!

Which verb?

6 Questions

Choose the correct verb to go with each activity/experience shown in the picture

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How did you get on? It's very useful to learn verbs and nouns which go together. These are called 'collocations'.

So, have you climbed a mountain or met a footballer? In the next activity, we'll hear from some people talking about the life experiences shown in the photo. Then we'll look at the words they use to form the present perfect tense.

Session Vocabulary

  • the Antarctic
    the very cold region that is the most southern part of the world

    bucket list
    a list of the things you want to do before you reach a certain age, or before you die

    to go up something

    a race where people run over a distance of 42 kilometres

    a small flat piece of metal that you can win in a competition, or for doing something very brave