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TESOL Videos - Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Present Perfect - Usages
The main function for the present perfect tense is to relate something in the past to the present. We can do so in a number of ways. First, we have indefinite past actions. 'I have been to Italy twice'. We're not concerned with when it happened, we just simply want to say that it has happened in the past. It's a fact of something I have done in the past but yet it's still true in the present. Unfinished past actions: 'I have lived here for three years'. I started living here in the past and it's still true now. With this usage, you will typically see time expressions. Finally, we have past actions with present results. I have lost my keys. It's implied that I still haven't found them. I lost them in the past. I don't have them now. I've lost my keys.
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By far, this unit has been the most helpful and applicable. I love learning the pros and cons of each grouping method and seating arrangement method. I definitely feel motivated to try out some of these methods in the classroom, especially because now I can clearly justify the benefits.I have learned that present perfect has different areas. The present tense is the first tense that students learn. In form of games and exercises you can teach the present tenses in different ways. I am really looking forward to try out the boomerang approach for a present tense lesson.This is a topic which I had high regards of, because of its importance as one of the fundamentals of the English language. English had came to me naturally, mainly through reading in my youth. Simply being reminded again of the existence of so many different forms of tenses is sobering.