Shakespeare Scene 2 Language Focus

Rob guides us through some of the most important English tenses.

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Submitted by Evgeny N on Sun, 12/05/2019 - 13:06

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Dear teachers! Good afternoon! I have a question about exercises in Task 1. I've been to Australia three times - I chose Present Perfect (unfinished events) and in I've lived in Paris since 1999 I chose Present Perfect (life experiences). After checking I found that I made a mistake and it had to be vice versa. Please tell me why? In my opinion how many times the person has been to Australia is unfinished event and living in Paris is life experience. Am I wrong?
Hello Evgeny N, The sentence 'I've lived in Paris since 1999' tells us that the speaker still lives in Paris today, making it an unfinished event. The sentence 'I've been to Australia three times' tells us what the speaker has done in his or her life to date. Of course, there is an unfinished/open time period here (the speaker's life), but the events themselves are finished, even if they may be repeated. ~ Peter The LearnEnglish Team
Dear Peter M! Thank you very much indeed for this explanation!