Present perfect tense: use for "recent news"

Monday, January 13, 2014

My previous post along with this one addresses when to use the present perfect tense (a form of the past tense). Because the present perfect tense serves many functions, it can be difficult to remember the rules.

Ask yourself this question: is the information new or old?
Answer: the present perfect is often used when giving recent news.

The price of gasoline has gone up. (a recent change - yesterday the price was lower)

I have lost my keys. (I had my keys five minutes ago - now they are gone)

It has finally stopped raining. (It was raining for a long time - now it is not raining)

Ouch! I've been bitten by a mosquito again! (a new bite)

Somebody has stolen my scooter! Now I'll have to take the bus home.
(a recent and unexpected change)

Use the present perfect for recent news.

No comments:

Post a Comment