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.
Listen to the programme!
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."
Download Nuala's grammar explanation (pdf - 24 K)
Download this programme (mp3 - 1.8 MB)
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Now it's your turn to practise present perfect and past simple . Go to our quiz page on this subject here.
|^^ Top of page|