Present Perfect Definition 1: Why “Present” for a past action?

This is very important to know why we use the word “present” in the name “Present Perfect.” Indeed, an action took place in the past. Why “present”?

One of the uses of Present Perfect is to denote an action that took place already in the past. But we still call it Present Perfect. Below here, we will explain why:

I have done my lessons

The verb have expresses possession in the present (have), of a completed in the past action (done).

Yes, this is that simple!

That’s why it’s “Present Completed”, well, Present Perfect I meant to say. This is the reason why we call it Present Perfect.

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