Rob the teacher talks about using the past simple and the present perfect.

Instructions

 Watch the video and then do the tasks.

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Language Task

Read the sentences and decide which ones are correct.

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Task 2

Language Task 2

Drag the sentences into the right columns.

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Task 3

Communication Strategies

Read the questions and select the best answers.

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Comments

Dear teacher
probably tomorrow is the last lesson for word on street ,so i need you tips for the next lesson and i studied elementary podcast as well at the first time .
Regards
Ali Ibrahiem

Hello Ali Ibrahiem,

There is no fixed next item - you can choose whatever is most interesting and useful for you. I suggest you try different options from the Listen and Watch section and see what most interests you - perhaps the Talk About series, or Big City Small World, for example.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! I can't understand why I have had lunch today is correct and I have had lunch yesterday is not correct? Both of actions are finished, isn'it?
Help me :)

Hello mathildavoshka,

In the video, from approximately 1:00–2:00, Rob explains why the present perfect ('have had') can be used with 'today'. After that, he explains when to use the past simple ('had').

Both 'I've had lunch today' and 'I had lunch today' are correct, depending on how you view the action. In the first, you're focusing more on the time period of today, which hasn't finished yet. In the second, you're focusing more on the time period of lunch, which could already be finished. 

But when you're talking about yesterday, which is a time period that is already finished, the present perfect doesn't make any sense in English.

By the way, you can also find other explanations on our present perfect and past simple pages for more.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello, I have a question ,please? which one is correct ( May 2014 Till December 2014
I Worked As Administration Assistant At FMCG Company
or I have worked as administration assistant) thanks alot in advance

Hello samarrr,

The time reference here is all in the past - it is a completed time period - and so the past simple is required. The first sentence is correct.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Amna,

I'd recommend you start by reading our Help page, which gives suggestions on how to use the site. If you have any questions, please let us know!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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