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Jobs Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen discuss differences between the past simple and present perfect and different uses of ‘look’ and ‘say’.


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Language level

Intermediate: B1


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What is the differences between it says and it said ?
Please ,tell me that

Hi BigSam,

'says' is in the present simple tense and 'said' is in the past simple tense.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have question about this sentence " I did not like coffee til I become student ",.
Is it not better to use Present Perfect ?

Hello Tad90,

The idea here is that, even if you are still a student now, the moment that you became a student was in the past. Since it's a discrete time in the past, the past simple is the correct tense.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello dear team,
“ I have always wanted”= present perfect
Present perfect :
- An action that has completed before the present = she has played tennis
- or uncompleted and still going on up to present = I have lived in London……., she has got married to john since 1990
What about “always= every time / all the time” ???
Present perfect is not every time / all the time because future not included.
Could you help me, please? I was confused

Hello fahri,

The present perfect doesn't talk about the future but rather a past time period that includes or somehow has contact with the present. So if you say, for example, 'Every time I have gone to see a football match, it has rained', it is only referring to the times I have been to see football matches in my life until now (not the future). As for 'all the time', I can't think of a sentence with the present perfect that would work. You could use 'all the times', but this means the same as 'every time' and works the same way.

I'm not sure if this answers your question. If not, please include specific sentences for us to comment on.

And by the way, the sentence 'She has got married to John since 1990' is not correct; 'She has been married to John since 1990' is correct.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


I can not see the dictionary here right now!!