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Present Perfect (just, already and yet)

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Michael Brothwood

on 1 August 2013

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Transcript of Present Perfect (just, already and yet)

You have just finished!
When do we use?
Present Perfect
We use the present perfect to connect the past with the present. It is used to describe something which started in the past and:
has a connections with the present:
I've finished all my exams (so I'm very happy now)
continues into the present:
I've lived here for five years (and I still live here now)
The Rules
Just, already and yet
We often use the adverbs
just, already and yet
with the present perfect

to talk about things that have happened before now but have a connection with the present.
Past participle
Regular verbs have the same form for the past simple and the past participle
Some irregular verbs have the same form for the past simple and past participle:
cut, felt, bought
Other irregular verbs have a different form for the past simple and the past participle: done, given, written etc
We use just to talk about things that happened a short time ago: I've just eaten (I ate a short time in the past). Magda's just gone out (She left a short time ago)
have / 've
has / 's
have not / haven't
has not / hasn't
arrived home (?)
past participle
We use already to say something has happened, often sooner than expected. 'Do page 23 for homework!' 'We've already finished it'
We often use yet in questions and negative sentences when we expect something to happen. It means 'until now'. 'Have you seen the new film yet? 'No I haven't seen it yet' (No, I haven't seen the film at a time before now but I expect I will go)
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