Category Archives: The Present Perfect Tense

The Simple Past Tense vs the Present Perfect Tense: Exercise

By | February 17, 2015

Instruction: Decide whether you should use the simple present tense or the simple past tense for each verb. 1. A: Why don’t you call your dad and tell him about your problem? B: I (call) … him already. In fact, I (call) … him last night. 2. A: Let’s go to the movies. B: I’d love to, but… Read More »

The Simple Present Tense, The Present Continuous Tense, The Present Perfect Tense, The Present Perfect Continuous Tense: Review Exercise 2

By | February 8, 2015

Instruction: Decide whether you should use the simple present tense, the present continuous tense, the present perfect tense, or the present perfect continuous tense. 1. My pet dog Bruno (sleep) … on the floor. He (sleep) … for an hour or so. He (sleep) … for 3 hours every day. I (have) … him for a year. 2.… Read More »

The Simple Present Tense, The Present Continuous Tense, The Present Perfect Tense, The Present Perfect Continuous Tense: Review Exercise 1

By | February 8, 2015

Instruction: Decide whether you should use the simple present tense, the present continuous tense, the present perfect tense, or the present perfect continuous tense. 1. Ana has a lot of friends, and she likes to write to them. She (write) … two letters a week. Right now she (write) … a letter to a friend living in Jakarta.… Read More »

The Present Perfect Continuous Tense vs The Present Perfect Tense: Exercise

By | February 7, 2015

Instruction: Decide whether you should use the present perfect continuous tense or the present perfect tense. 1. A: You (work) … for over five hours. Why don’t you stop and take a rest. B: I (not, finish) … yet. 2. A: Do you like collecting stamps? B: Yes, I do. I (collect) … stamps since I was a… Read More »

Brief Review of the Present Tenses

By | January 12, 2015

We have talked about the simple present tense, the present continuous tense, the present perfect tense, and the present perfect continuous tense. Let’s review the four tenses briefly by comparing these four sentences. Each sentence uses the same verb. Maria reads a novel in her spare time –> the simple present tense; it is Maria’s habit to read… Read More »

The Present Perfect Tense: Exercise 2

By | January 11, 2015

Instruction: Rewrite the following sentences using the present perfect tense. Use since or for. Example: I last saw Joni on his sister’s wedding day. I haven’t seen Joni since his sister’s wedding day. 1. I last wrote a novel last year. 2. I last ate ‘sate’ when I was in Madura. 3. My mother last read a newspaper… Read More »

The Simple Present Tense, The Present Continuous Tense, The Present Perfect Tense: Mixed Exercise

By | January 10, 2015

Instruction: Complete each of the following sentences with the correct form of the verb in brackets. 1. A: You (see) … the man and the woman under the tree? B: Yes, I do. A: You (see) … them before? B: No. You? A: Yes, I (see) … them before. They (come) … here every weekend. Look, the man… Read More »