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Present perfect tense

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past simple

The present perfect tense links the past to the present. There are three common ways in which it is used: 1) (Up until now) To refer to something that started in the past and is still happening now. I have lived here for three years. This means I moved here three years ago an...Read more


The following ESL resources are available for Present perfect tense:

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Present perfect and past simple speaking : pairs
Students make a noughts-and-crosses grid on a piece of loose paper. Then they write the missing information (numbers) from the worksheet in the squares. Then exchange grids and guess what each number refers to. (They can either make statements (simple version) or form questions (more challenging)


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Present perfect - past simple grammar squares
24 squares with past simple / present perfect simple multiple choice questsion Could be done as a board game, a card game using a snakes and ladders board, or simply read out in turns.


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Find someone who
Practises present pefect simple and continuous


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Present perfect revision game
Noughts and crosses type activity where Ss write short answers to questions on a nine-square grid. They then give this to their partner who has to guess the meaning of the statements


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Present perfect worksheet
Illustrates three main concepts of present perfect (life experience, for /since / event with present relevance. Grammar analysis + pair work


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Present perfect analysis
Ss match examples to three main uses of present perfect simple Revised, 2015


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Present perfect or past simple? (long quiz) (18)
Fifty two question, 2-option past simple vs present perfect quiz


Present perfect quiz (196)
Multiple-choice quiz. All main uses of the present perfect.


Present perfect and past simple quiz (197)
Mulitple-choice quiz.


Present perfect and past simple quiz 2 (1348)
Twelve-question two-choice MC quiz.


Letter : present perfect or past simple? (200)
Fill the gaps in the complaint letter with past simple or present perfect verb forms



General English course books (adults)

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book 

Sarah Cunningham   Peter Moore   
Consolidation modules 6 - 10  Page 96 
Gapped story
Module 13 Choosing the right person  Pages 119 - 120
Present perfect simple contrasted with present perfect continuous.
Consolidation modules 11 - 15  Page 138 
Tense identification exercise
New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book 

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
Module 5 Unusual achievements  Pages 54 - 55  Perfect tenses
Listening, analysis and follow-up exercises on present perfect simple, future perfect simple and past perfect simple
Module 5 Unusual achievements  Pages 58 - 59  Language focus
Examples, analysis and follow-up exercises
Module 5 Unusual achievements  Pages 60 - 61  study / practise
End-of-unit practice exercises
New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 6 Eat  Page 59   Present perfect simple and continuous

Photocopiable resource books

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate book cover 

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate 

Will Forsyth   Sue Lavender   
47 Tenses - past / present / present perfect  Page 47 
Present perfect vs past and present tenses.
54 - 55 Present perfect and past simple  Pages 54 - 55
All basic uses of present perfect contrasted with past simple.

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
5a Look back  Page 5 
Speaking. Board game. Personalization. All three uses of present perfect + contrast with past simple. Board squares contain personal topics. Ss throw dice and have to speak about the topic they land on.

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump Got Rich: A Tale of Three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.

Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.

Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)