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Grammar challenger Yasmina from Belgium

Present perfect and past simple
There are many situations in English when we mix the verb forms which we use. In this programme we look at breaking news with the present perfect and describing the details with the past simple.

Our challenger Yasmina from Belgium has to choose the correct forms to use in different situations.

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When giving news we quite often use the present perfect to announce what has happened. We then switch to the simple past to give the details. For example:

"The President has just quit! He left his office a few minutes ago for the last time. It was a complete surprise to all of his staff."

Present perfect
subject

has/have

past participle

I
You
We
They
have
've
shocked the boss.
heard the news.
quit.
He
She
has
's

Present perfect (negative)
subject

have / has not

past participle

I
You
We
They

have not
haven't
've not

said anything.
found a new job yet.
said if she's coming back.

He
She

has not
hasn't
's not


Present perfect question form
have / has

subject

past participle

Have

I
you
we
they

heard the news?
seen the boss today?
resigned?

Has

he
she



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