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Complete the conversations.

► Mike: This car is filthy. I haven't been to the car wash for about a year.

Tom: What! You mean it's twelve months since you last went to the car wash?

1 Laura: I haven't used my camera recently. June was the last time I took a photo.

Trevor: Really? I'm surprised you .............................. June.

2 Rachel: I haven't seen Andrew for weeks.

Daniel: Nor me. It's .......................... him.

3 Tom: What about a game of cards? We haven't played since your birthday.

David: Really? You mean my birthday......................... cards?

4 Emma: I feel terrible. It's three days since I ate anything.

Vicky: What did you say? You ..................... three days?


15 Present perfect or past simple? (2)



 


 


PRESENT PERFECT

We use the present perfect for a state which has gone on up to the present. (David is still in hospital.)

We've lived here for ten years.

(And we still live here.)


PAST SIMPLE

We use the past simple for a state in the past, in a period which is finished. (David's stay in hospital is over.)

We lived therefor ten years.

(We don't live there now.)


 


B Have you (ever)...? and Did you (ever)...?

PRESENT PERFECT

We use the present perfect for actions in a period of time up to the present.

This young director has madefour films so far. He has made films means that it is possible he will make more films.

Here are some more examples.

Have you ever beento America? ~ Yes, twice. I've played table tennis before. We've never hadany money.

C Today, this week, etc

PRESENT PERFECT

We use todayand phrases with thisfor a period up to the present.

It hasn't rained today.

Have you seen thisweek's magazine?


PAST SIMPLE

We use the past simple for actions in the past, a period which is finished.

The director mademany films in his long career. He made films means that his career in films is over. He won't make any more.

Did Churchill evergo to America? ~ Yes, I think so.

I playedtable tennis at college.

We never hadany money in those days.

PAST SIMPLE

We use yesterdayand phrases with lastfor a past period.

It rained yesterday.

Did you see lastweek's magazine?


But sometimes todayetc can mean a past period. Compare:

/ haven't seen Rachel today. I didn't see Sarah at work today.

(It's still daytime.) (The working day is over.)

Hasthe post come thismorning? Didthe post come thismorning?

(It's still morning.) (It's later in the day.)


15 Exercises

1 I've been or I was? (A)

Complete this letter to a newspaper. Put in the present perfect or past simple.

A few days ago I (►) learned (learn) that someone plans to knock down the White Horse Inn. This

pub (VJ has been (be) the centre of village life for centuries. It (1)…………………………… (stand)

at our crossroads for 500 years. It (2)…………………………… (be) famous in the old days, and

Shakespeare once (3)……………………………. (stay) there, they say. I (4)………………………….. (live)

in Brickfield all my life. The villagers (5)………………………………(know) about the plans for less

than a week and already there's a 'Save Our Pub' campaign. Last week we (6)…………………………… (be)

happy, but this week we're angry. We will stop them, you'll see.

2 Have you (ever)...?and Did you (ever)...? (B)

Look at each conversation and choose the best sentence, a) or b).

► Have you heard about the woman walking across the US? ~ Yes, she's reached the Rockies.
a)The walk is continuing, b) The walk has finished.

1 Have you ever played beach volleyball? ~ Yes, we played it on holiday.
a) The holiday is still going on. b) The holiday is over.

2 Did you know old Mr Green? ~ No, I never met him.

a) Mr Green is probably alive, b) Mr Green is probably dead.

3 Wayne Johnson is a great footballer. ~ Yes, he's scored 200 goals for United.

a) Wayne Johnson still plays for United, b) Wayne Johnson has left United.

3 Today, this week,etc (C)

Put in this, last, today or yesterday.

Last month prices went up, but this month they have fallen a little.

1 It's been dry so far............. week, but ........... …………………….. week was very wet.

2 I went shopping earlier .............. and spent all the money I

earned ...............

3 We didn't have many visitors................. year. We've had a lot

more ............ year.

4 I don't feel so tired now. We got up quite late ... morning. I felt really
tired ............... when we got up so early.

4 Present perfect or past simple? (Units 14 and 15)

Put in the verbs.

Tom: (►) Have you heard (you / hear) the news about David?

Harriet: No. (1)............. (what / happen)?

Tom: (2)………............... (he / have) an accident. He was walking down some steps.

(3)……………………………… (he / fall) and (4)…………………………….. (break) his leg.

Harriet: Oh, how awful! When (5)................. (it / happen)?

Tom: Yesterday afternoon. Melanie (6)……………………………….. (tell) me about it last night.

Harriet: Last night! (7)…………………………….. (you / know) about it last night, and

(8)……………………........... (you / not / tell) me!

Tom: Well, (9) ........... (I / not / see) you last night. And

(10) ............. (I / not / see) you today, until now.

Harriet: I hope he's all right. (11) ................ (he / have) lots of accidents, you know.

(12) (he / do) the same thing about two years ago.


Test 3 Present perfect and past simple (Units 11-15)

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