Present Perfect

Summary

A concise tutorial of the Present Perfect from Bildung Interaktiv.

Conversation

…from the movie Saving Private Ryan.  Not only is this a good example of the present perfect, but it is also an excellent tip on memory recall

James: I can’t see my brother’s faces.  I’ve been trying and I can’t see their faces at all.  Has that ever happened to you?

Captain:  You gotta think of a context.

J:  What does that mean?

C:  Well, you don’t just think about their faces…think of something specific…something you’ve done together. When I think of home, I think of something specific.  I think of my hammock in the backyard.  My wife pruning the rose bushes in a pair of my old work gloves

Listen to U2: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.

I have climbed highest mountains
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you
I have run
I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
It burned like a fire
(I was) burning inside her

I have spoken with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

I believe in the Kingdom Come
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
But yes I’m still running

You broke the bonds
And you loosed the chains
Carried the cross
Of my shame
Oh my shame
You know I believe it

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

Practice

Sentence construction

Form

Since and For

Irregulars

Present Perfect vs. Simple Past

Present Perfect vs. Simple Past 2

Sentence ordering puzzle

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