How do we make the Present Perfect Tense?
The structure of the present perfect tense is:
|subject||+||auxiliary verb||+||main verb|
| || ||have|| ||past participle|
Here are some examples of the present perfect tense:
| ||subject||auxiliary verb|| ||main verb|| |
|?||Have||you|| ||finished?|| |
Contractions with the present perfect tense
When we use the present perfect tense in speaking, we usually contract the subject and auxiliary verb. We also sometimes do this when we write.
The car has
Here are some examples:
- I've finished my work.
- John's seen ET.
- They've gone home.
??? Be careful! The 's
contraction is used for the auxiliary verbs have
. For example, "It's eaten" can mean:
- It has eaten. [present perfect tense, active voice]
- It is eaten. [present tense, passive voice]
It is usually clear from the context.
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