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

 Watch the video and then do the tasks.

Task 1

Language Task

Read the sentences and decide which ones are correct.


Task 2

Language Task 2

Drag the sentences into the right columns.



Task 3

Communication Strategies

Read the questions and select the best answers.




Language level

Intermediate: B1


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,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello I'm a new learner from where I should start please guide me!

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,
The LearnEnglish Team

Talking about "your first time..". Rob said: "was it your first time you've been on the London Eye?" because it's the first time Ashlie goes on the L.E. But if I'm talking about my first experience as an actor, which happened ten years ago, may I say "The first time I went on stage was terrible" or I should say "The first time I've been on stage was terrible". Thank you so much for your cooperation, you'd deserve a Nobel Prize for your assistance.

Hello apc,

The standard use here would be 'The first time I went...'. Generally, we would say:

'Is that the first time you've been on...'


'Was that the first time you went on...'

As you can see, Rob's question is a mixture - neither one nor the other, making it a non-standard form. This is something which often happens when we are chatting - our language is rarely perfect when we speak quickly.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

hello,,thank you very much for all team of british council,especially word on the street
I have a question, can you help me, please? what is the different meaning between "I've been to two weddings this year and I've gone to two weddings this year"?

thank you

Hello niken.rizky,

When we talk about a current situation, 'have been to' means that the person has come back from the trip, while 'has gone to' means that the person has not yet returned. However, in the particular context you give - a person talking about their experience in life (or in a certain part of their life) up to now, there is no difference.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

thank you so much Peter for your answer. it's very help me.

hi guys, it was an excellent lession, i had only a little trouble to understand rob at e.g. (3.16-3.20) and at the end the sayd repeat b...what you sayd? maybe?

i need your help.



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