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Present Perfect lessons make no sense

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The present perfect lessons have me utterly confused.

I have used I have cooked I have written

That is present perfect.

I am getting phrase after phrase wrong because the answered ended up being

I used... I cooked... I wrote...

That is preterite, a simple past tense that indicates a definite ending.

I am totally confused because in Spanish, it is very clear that perfect has the has/have in there...but I am getting nicked question and after question because the has/have is NOT there.

And there is no consistency between the questions. Some questions the has/have is there. I am sick and tired of getting all of these questions wrong when I am correct.

2 years ago

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xMerrie
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That's because you cannot translate the Dutch present perfect to the English present perfect every time. In Dutch, the present perfect is used more frequently, while in English the past simple is used more often.

This page and this one have some nice explanations. :)

2 years ago

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ngarrang
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Thank you.

2 years ago