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Shakespeare Scene 2 Language Focus

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


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


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.
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter M! Thank you very much indeed for this explanation!

Hi, How can I download the above video?

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Hi Teachers,

I have a question. As I know a verb "feel" is the stative verb and is not usually used in the continuous form, even when we are talking about temporary situations or states. But in the first task to this video is a sentence "I'm not feeling very well." So, as I understood we can use this stative verb in the continuous form in some rarely cases, right? But from what it depends on?

Thank you for answer in advance.

Best regards,

Hello Uliana,

When 'feel' is used to express an opinion it is always used in a simple form:

I feel this is a mistake.

This is similar to 'think' or 'know':

I think this is a mistake.

When we describe a sensation we can use either simple or continuous forms:

I feel cold.

I'm feeling cold.

I feel sad.

I'm feeling sad.

The continuous form emphasises that it is a current and, as you say, temporary situation.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team



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