Present Perfect Examples Through Dialogues

This post will show some examples highlighting when the present perfect simple is used. While reading think about the different ways we use the present perfect simple.

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At University

Paul: Hello Sara, nice to meet you.

Sara: Nice to meet you too.

Paul: How long have you studied here?

Sara: I’ve studied here for three years, and you?

Paul: Two years.

Talking About Food

David: Have you ever eaten Thai food?

John: Yes, I’ve had it a few times. What about you?

David: I’ve never tried it.

New Bike

Lisa: I have some news.

Mark: What is it?

Lisa: I’ve bought a new bike!

Long Time No See

Tom: Have you seen Henry recently?

Alejandro: No. Have you?

Tom: I haven’t seen him since the summer.

Long Time No See

Ed: Has she arrived yet?

Fran: No she still hasn’t arrived.

Dialogue 1  – Actions that continue in the present.

Dialogue 2 – Past Experiences.

Dialogue 3 – New information / change.

Dialogue 4 – Actions that continue in the present.

Dialogue 5 – Uncompleted actions.

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