Present Perfect, Past Perfect and Future Perfect Verb Tenses

There are three verb tenses that I want to take a look at, and those verb tenses are present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect.

So, the present perfect is used to emphasize the completion of an action in the very recent past.

So, here’s an example:

I have just purchased a necklace.”

So, this is something that was completed in the very recent past. It was just completed, the person just purchased a necklace.

Now, the present perfect can also be used to indicate an action begun in the past and continued to the present moment.

So, here’s an example of that:

Sam has lived in the same house for ten years.”

So, this is talking about something that’s happening now and may have happened for a long time, but the reason we’re still calling it the present perfect is because it’s coming up all the way until the present.

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