Thursday, March 20, 2014

Present Perfect - A Novel Idea

There's an interesting review for a novel called Present Perfect, found on, which includes an extract from the book: 

..."I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to himIt has never been a question, never a doubt."  

The items that are highlighted in bold notably are examples of the present perfect tense.  It is hard not to notice that there are so many examples of the tense that is also the title of the novel. 

The review goes on to state that:

"Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences (and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen".)

The line above, in bold, parallels one of the key relationships between past and present that defines a key role for the present perfect tense.  An example of that relationship can be simply stated, as in this example:

I came here ten years ago (past simple). 

I live here now (present simple).  
I have been here for ten years (present perfect simple).

For more information and exercises, why not click on the images below?

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