The Past Simple and the Present Perfect are verbal tenses which speak about the past. So what’s the difference you say? Take a look at the following uses:
The Past Simple always talks about a state or a finished action in the past, and the time is usually mentioned.
Example: I played tennis yesterday.
The Present Perfect may talk about a finished action or an unfinished action.
Here is a list of special words used in the Present Perfect:
|Just ||I have just finished my painting. |
|Yet||Have you finished your homework yet?|
No, I haven’t finished my homework yet.
|Already||I have already booked a table. You don’t have to do it.|
|Still||I still have to write five more letters.|
|Ever||Have you ever been to India?|
|Eever||I have never been to India.|
|So far ||I have read four chapters so far.|
|Up to now||Up to now, we haven’t had any problems.|
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