Present Perfect and Past Simple Compared

In this course I am going to tell you:

When we can not use Present Perfect, when we can use both, when we prefer to use one.

Lessons

Present Perfect and Past Simple Compared: When we don’t use Present Perfect

We don’t use Present Perfect when there is indication to the point of time or a period of time that has already finished. It might be expressed explicitly or implicitly. There may be many indications that the period of time when an action took place was over, I just gave you the most common ones, and for some students it’s difficult to distinguish if the time period referred to is over or not

Present Perfect and Past Simple Compared: Completed Action: Is there result in the present?

Sometimes they say that if we have a result of a completed action in the present, we use Present Perfect. However, I need to clarify this moment. First of all, it’s not an absolute rule. Today we can use Past Simple almost all over. We can’t use Present Perfect at all times. Definitely you need …

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Present Perfect and Past Simple Compared: Repeated habitual vs single actions

We use Past Simple with completed habitual actions, we can’t use Present Perfect with usually, rarely, sometimes or their synonyms: She usually went to the movies across the street They sometimes showed a good movie We normally use Present Perfect with completed actions expressing one, two, three etc single times experience(s): I have been to …

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Present Perfect and Past Simple Compared: Specified finished vs Unspecified (period of) time

We can use Past Simple with specified finished (period of) time and the verb denoting a complete action. We never use Present Perfect in this case. yesterday, last year, last month, one millisecond ago, a hundred years ago, in 1964, on the 11th of August, from 1998 to 2003, at 5 in the morning, from …

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