Transport and Travel Scene 2 - Language Focus

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.



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Submitted by May Thida Su on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 06:44

Hello teachers !! I want to know the differences of " eat in " " eat out " " take away " ? And " home cook " is the meal we cook at home and eat at home ?

Submitted by Evgeny N on Sat, 18/05/2019 - 19:04

Dear teachers! Good evening! Please explain to me the main difference between Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous. If I understood it correctly the main difference is next: Present Perfect - the action isn't finished by the time of speaking or it's some news. Present Perfect Continuous - we are talking about some activity which isn't finished by the time of speaking, for example: I have been painting the ceiling the whole morning (now it's a morning).
Hello Evgeny, The present perfect continuous has several uses and one of those is to highlight the activity rather than the result: > I've painted the ceiling (it's done - result) >I've been painting the ceiling (it may not be done - activity) ~ In other contexts the distinction is a little different. You can find a summary with examples on this page: ~ Peter The LearnEnglish Team
Hello Peter! Thank you very much for this explanation!

Submitted by fricssou on Mon, 22/04/2019 - 20:18

i like the way you explain these things.

Submitted by sosario1987 on Sat, 01/04/2017 - 19:07

Hi, In this above video teacher saying as an example for present perfect that........... "she is visited four different countries....." , Can we say "she has visited......." Which one is correct. Thanku

Submitted by Peter M. on Sun, 02/04/2017 - 07:04

In reply to by sosario1987


Hi sosario1987,

The correct form is 'has visited'; 'is visited' is incorrect. Rob uses 'has' but when the speech is rapid and contractions are used the pronunciation is indistinguishable:

She's visited four different countries this year.

Both is and has are contracted to 's. For example:

She's seen him [ = She has killed him]

She's seen by him. [= She is seen by him]


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Sharora Aminova on Tue, 14/02/2017 - 08:58

Hi. thank you so much for very good tags. now i understend difference between present perfect and present simple. thank you

Submitted by Nizam Balinese on Wed, 18/01/2017 - 17:13

Hi Team. Could you help me, please? First of all, thank you very much for the lesson. Now, I understand the difference between the past simple and the present perfect. but, I suddenly have a confusion when I try to make an example question regarding Jazz's touring. When they have arrived at their flat. Which ones of these questions is correct to ask? 1. Where have you been today? 2. Where did you go this morning? Thank you very much. n

Hello again Nizam,

Both questions can be correct. If you say 2, it implies that from your perspective, the morning is finished, i.e. it's probably after 12:00 at that time. 1 is more general, i.e. could be said at any time of 'today'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team