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Using Have & Has correctly – Present Perfect Tense in daily English Conversation–English Grammar

October 20, 2019


How’s your present? Is it perfect? really?
I don’t think anyone’s present is perfect. but if you wanna make your present perfect
that join me in this lesson about present perfect in English conversation. that’s what
you are learning with me today, my name is Michelle. let’s go. So I’ll do a quick reminder for you. when
do we use the present perfect tense? so we use the present perfect tense to talk about
an event that started in the past but is still now relevant, that’s when he use present perfect
and what about the form of present perfect? so I’ll write two sentences for you here.
I’ve been to Sydney. but if you want to talk about someone else, for example, she,
then you’d say she’s been to Sydney. Okay first things first, I’ve stands for I + have.
so this is a contraction for I + have which means, I’ve, which is pronounced as I’ve.
and she’s is a contraction for she + has and it’s pronounced as she’s. please don’t confuse
it with she is. it’s she has. be careful about that. so you use had/have or has. had is used
when you need to talk about something in the past plus third form. alright so let’s start
with some very interesting phrases here. I’ve known her for ages. so for this I think,
I’m gonna give you a situation. I have this friend, this joinee at work and once we were
having a conversation and you know we were sharing about each other’s lives, about our
lives and I told her, my best friend is Rebecca. she said, I also have a friend named Rebecca.
I said, okay and I told her my best friend is an artist and she said coincidentally my
friend is also an artist and I was like, I hope you are not talking about Rebecca Jones
and she was like, yeah. I am talking about Rebecca Jones. I was like are you talking
about Rebecca Jones from Toronto? she said, yeah, the same girl and I said, small world
and this girl asked me, so how do you know her? and I replied, I’ve known her for ages.
she is my best friend since grade 4. so basically, known her for ages means a very long time.
ages, a very long time. so you can use this, I’ve known her for ages to talk about someone
that you have known for a very long time. may be many years or some months in certain
cases. let’s look at the next one, I’ve had a tough
day. so tough means difficult. so if you’re day is coming to an end, I mean you can see
the day closing, then you can say, I had a tough day, which is past simple. however,
if you’re meeting your friends for lunch and you want to tell about how your day was so
far and you think it was tough. so you could say, I’ve had a tough day, which means from
the past when the day started until now. so this talks about the connection between the
past and the present. well if you haven’t had a tough day and you had a great day so
far, you could say, I’ve had a great day, I’ve had a fun day. so anything, you can replace
it, you can use any of the variations, from when the day started until now. alright, so the third one, this is the first
time I’ve been here. remember whenever you use this phrase, this is the first time, it’s
always followed by present perfect and you can use it for something that you’ve not done
before or a place where you’ve never been before or something that you’ve never seen
before or anything that you’ve not heard before. so may be your friend is making you listen
to a new song and you’re hearing it for the first time and he’s like have you heard it
before? you’d say, this is the first time I heard it or this is the first time I’ve
heard it. I have, have is very important. and the same way if you’re visiting a place
for the first time, you could say, this is the first time I’ve been here or this is the
first time I’ve seen this movie, any of the variations. let’s look at the next one, I haven’t done
it yet. so this is also used to talk about an event in the past. so let’s say, you’re
mother asked you to take the garbage out of your room or to take the rubbish out of the
dustbin and you haven’t done it and your mom says, have you taken the rubbish out? and
you haven’t done it, so you could say, I haven’t done it yet, mom I’ll do it right away. that’s
when you can do it, you can use it and probably may be your mom will forgive you, just may
be. so a recent event in the past. Yet means that you’re still to do the event, the activity. okay, let’s look at the next one, I’ve had
a great evening, okay so this is a really good phrase to use when you’re on a date and
with your significant other or someone that you are may be meeting for the first time
on a blind date and if you had a really nice time and you want them to feel good, you could
say, I’ve had a great evening. but you can call your best friend later and you could
tell her, Simona I’ve had the worst date of my life today. of course you can use the same
phrase to express different feelings. so you could say, I’ve had the worst date of my life.
so instead of evening, you could also say, I’ve had a great time or I’ve had a wonderful
time, I’ve had a lovely time. any of these variations or I’ve had a terrible time. let’s look at the next one, I’ve had enough.
how does this look like? is this very satisfying? No, this is like, this is the last point,
the peak point, there is something that you cannot accept anymore. so if you’re girlfriend
or boyfriend is still talking to their ex and you don’t like it, you could tell, Kate
I’ve had enough, if you continue to talk to Jack, we are through with it. interesting
phrase and very useful phrase. when you are done with something and you can’t accept it
anymore. have you heard that iPhone has launched its
new x6 plus with 3D touch? no you haven’t heard? Okay so what am I doing here, I’m trying
to tell you about news or something that I’ve heard recently and I think maybe you’ve not
heard. so whenever I wanna tell you a news may be from the television or anything that
happened or in another case, maybe I wanna tell you something that happened in my friend’s
life, I could say, have you heard.. whatever? have you heard Anna and Paul had a baby? so
that’s when you can use it, to share about news. with this, we complete this lesson to talk
about the present perfect tense. please use this tense in your everyday conversation to
sound more natural coz this is a very commonly used tense and it can help you talk not only
about the past but even the present and this is how you make your present, very, very perfect. I hope to see you again in another lesson,
till then you take care, bye.

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