Present Perfect Definition 1: Why “Present” for a past action? Quiz Please sign up for the course before taking this quiz. Why is the tense called “Present” when the action was carried out in the past?1Test on Present Perfect: Why “Present” when it denotes a past action? Because the verb "have" is in the present, expressing a "present" possession of a "done" in the past action Because it's so complicated, so let's just call it "Present" and be done with that Because the verb "has" indicates the third person which or who has no relation to the past Does Present Perfect express a past action?1Test on Present Perfect: Why “Present” when it denotes a past action? Yes, it's one of its uses No, because it is says "Present", and an action is in the past! The Present Perfect Tense is just another logical mistake made by scientists Present Perfect Definition 2: The meaning of “perfect” Back to: Present Perfect Definition 1: Why “Present” for a past action?