Present Perfect Tenses

May 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Posted in Present Perfect Tenses, Songs and verb tenses, Uncategorized, Verb Tenses | Leave a comment

Present Perfect tenses made easy!!

Present perfect tenses are subdivided in:

  • Present Perfect Simple 
  • Present Perfect Continuous (or Progressive)

 Let’s look at the first one:

Present Perfect Simple is used to in different situations, for example:

  • to speak about an unspecified time in the past.







  • You can use it to speak about actions or events related to the present time.

  • You often give emphasis to the present result of those actions.

  • Actions that have been just completed.

  • You can use it with words like  yet, still, already, for, since, just…

  • Look at the examples below.


To help you revise Present Perfect, go through the Powerpoint you’ve  seen in class.

Computer Age_Present perfect


Now let’s take a look at

Present Perfect Continuous

It’s about an action that has been going on for some time and has some impact on the present.


It puts emphasis on the duration or course of that action (not the result).


Try to work out the difference by completing these exercises:

Present Perfect Simple vs Continuous 1

Present Perfect Simple vs Continuous 2

Present Perfect Simple vs Continuous 3


Now listen to another song that uses this perfect continuous tense.


Try to identify the mistakes in this first stanza. How many can you identify?

Early, I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep
Thinking about the things that we could be
But baby, I’ve been, I’ve been crying hard,
Said, no more chasing dollars
We’ll be hunting stars, yeah we’ll be hunting stars

How many extra words are there?

I see in this life like a swinging vine
Swing my heart across the line fine
And my face now is flashing signs
Seek it out and you shall find me

Now what’s missing?

_________, but I’m not that _________
Young, but I’m not that _________
I don’t think the world is ______
I’m just doing what we’re _______
I feel something so right
Doing the ________ thing
I feel something so _________
Doing the right thing
I could lie, couldn’t I, could lie
Everything that kills me makes me feel alive

A little help:   Told      Bold      Wrong         Sold       Old
This exercise was based on material from

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