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Transport and Travel Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob the teacher talks about using the present perfect to describe events and experiences.

 Watch the video and then do the tasks.

Task 1

Language Task

Rearrange the words into the correct order.

Exercise

Task 2

Language Task 2

Read the questions and select the right forms of the verbs.

Exercise

Task 3

Language Task 3

Choose the correct words to complete the sentences.

Exercise

Task 4

Language Task 4

Rearrange the words to make correct sentences.

Exercise

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

i have some trouble with distingush apart present perfect tense and past tense, sometimes i saw people use present perfect tense to express something in the past this've made me so confuse. Someone can explain it??,please

Hello ViPham,

This topic is explained in detail on our talking about the past page. Please take a look and then if you have any specific questions, please don't hesitate to ask us there.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi I'm Anna, I'm a new member.

I always get confused whit question like "What do you call this?" I would probably say "How do you call this?" or How is it call this things ? or How is this called in Eng ? instead What is this called in Eng?

Are these mistakes?

Thank you very much

Hi Anna,

These are very common mistakes, usually the result of translating directly from another language. They are not particularly serious errors and the listener will understand what you mean if you say them, but they are not strictly correct. In English we use 'what' for these questions, not 'how'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk :) i can finish all tasks with 100%, can you tell me the English level that study for ielts exam ? thaks.

Hello cục gạch,

That's great! The IELTS exam is not an exam that you fail or pass. Rather, the mark that you get indicates your level. I'd suggest you take a look at TakeIELTS and our IELTS section to learn more about the test. There are also some free practice materials there. If you have any other questions, please let us know.

Good luck!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi all,
I'm so happy to finding this website. I have always wanted to improve my English. It is so useful and easy to understanding. If I wrote false, can you correct it, please!
Thank you very much!

Hello Oogii,

Welcome! We're glad you found us and that you find LearnEnglish useful. I'm afraid we don't offer the service of correcting users' texts, but if from time to time there's a specific sentence you want to ask us about, you are welcome to.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello LearnEnglish team,

on the usage of Present Perfect and Past Tense I would like to know if application is always unambiguous. If, for example, I am asked in the morning how my sleep was and my answer is: 'I didn't sleep well', then, from my point of view as a speaker, the matter is settled. If I replied: 'I haven't slept well', then this implies that my bad sleep makes me still feel uncomfortable. That means the effect of the event (bad sleep) spills over and is being felt in the present. That is the way I understand the distinction between the two tenses.

Thank you,
Philantropicus

Hello Philantropicus,

The way you talk about the tenses shows that you've understood the difference between them, but I wouldn't say that their use is unambiguous. You could still say, for example, 'I didn't sleep well' when you are feeling tired due to a poor night's sleep. Even though the effects of that sleep are still felt, the period of sleep is in the past. On the other hand, if you just opened the door of your bedroom and came into the kitchen, you might say 'I haven't slept well' since you're still waking up in a sense (though you could also say 'I didn't sleep well'). 

It's a subtle difference that depends in part on how the speaker views their experience. I'd suggest you continue reading in and listening to English while paying attention to how these tenses are used. When you find an example that doesn't make sense to you, feel free to ask us about it - be sure to give the context, as this is often what determines which tense is correct.

Good luck!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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