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Let’s practise using the PRESENT PERFECT, PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS & SIMPLE PAST


hi do you have difficulty distinguishing
when to use the present perfect the present perfect continuous and the
simple past this is Susan Brodar from SPEAK Languages & TRAVEL the World here to help you improve your English with
minimum effort maximum benefits and because these three tenses are quite
complicated I thought the best thing to do is to not only explain it that gives
you lots and lots of examples after which you could write many more examples
in the comments below and maybe even correct each other so that everyone
learns from these so let’s see if I say how long have you been playing the piano
I’ve used the present perfect continuous and it means that I started playing the
piano a long time ago but I’m still playing the piano when did you start
playing the piano well that’s a simple past and it means that I started in a
past period which doesn’t exist anymore and I could say well I started when I
was 10 using the simple past so instead if you ask how long did you play the
piano it’s again a simple past because it implies that you don’t play the piano
anymore so how long have you been playing it means you’re still playing
how long did you play it means that you’re not playing it anymore that’s the
first distinction if you say I played the piano for many years it means you
don’t do it anymore whilst I’ve been playing the piano for
many years means you still do it some verbs don’t have an in-form so if I say
how long have you had this car for or how long have you had this car both are
correct it implies that you still have the car and you got it a while ago
you cannot say how long have you been having this car so not all verbs have
the in form but you can say how long have you been living in this city for
example and you can also say how long have you lived in this city
are correct so in some cases you can use both I’ve been living here for a long
time or I’ve lived here since I was a child and both are absolutely correct
instead if you say I lived here but now I’ve moved away it means yes that I’ve
come back maybe to visit someone but I don’t live here anymore let’s try some
other examples so if I ask you have you read any books recently that’s a present
perfect and it means the fact that you’ve used recently automatically
implies you should use the present perfect it means that you’ve you started
the book recently and I presume when I asked you have you read any books that
you’ve also finished reading the book whilst have you been reading any books
recently means that you’ve been spending your time we think you may have finished
you may not have finished it’s really not important because I’m just
interested in your activity of reading so have you been reading any books
recently yes I’ve been reading a lot of biographies in fact I’ve already
finished reading three but I’m reading one at the moment as well now I gave you
an example with I’ve finished reading three I could have said yes I’ve just
finished that would already have been correct why did I use reading after
finished well finishes one of those verbs that is followed by an ink form
such as a start and stop a begin and finish okay let’s see if we can think of
any other examples and don’t forget to write some examples of yourself have you
been doing any sport recently yes I’ve been jogging every day which means
I’ve been doing it and probably I’m still doing it every day
you could also say yes I jogged for a long time but using the simple past
means that you don’t do it anymore I’ve stopped jogging because my knees
hurt have you been watching any films lately
yes I’ve been watching all kinds of horror films is the present continuous
because it’s something that’s been occupying your time at you’re probably
going to carry on doing it instead if you say I watched a lot of horror films
it means that you’re not doing it anymore but you did it for a period and
I’ve watched a lot of horror films but now I’m fed up I don’t like them anymore
that’s with the present perfect so I’ve been watching means I started watching
and I’m still watching I watched means I did it and I don’t do it anymore and
I’ve watched means that I’ve seen a lot of these films but I’m probably not
doing it anymore this happened to me as a child I used to watch I used to watch
westerns and I loved them I watched them every day and I am particularly there
was one called The Virginian and I really loved it I watched I think so
many of these westerns that I got indigestion and now I can’t see a
Western film not even if you pay me but I used to watch a lot so I could say
I’ve watched a lot of westerns in my life I watched a lot when I was a child
but I haven’t watched any since and I don’t think I will either okay so please
subscribe please write in the comments below some examples and I hope to see
you in the next video bye

Reynold King

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