Do you know the difference?

Students often confuse these 2 tenses. However, they are quite different. Have you ever confused them? If you have, then this lesson is for you. I made the following chart for you.

Read the chart. Then answer the SPEAK YOUR MIND question.

Present Perfect vs simple-past

Do you know the difference?

Students often confuse these 2 tenses. However, they are quite different. Have you ever confused them? If you have, then this lesson is for you. I made the following chart for you.

Read the chart. Then answer the SPEAK YOUR MIND question.

Here’s the Chart

Present Perfect Simple Past
The formula is…  

  • Have you ever gone sailing?
  • Have you ever tried sushi?
  • I’ ve gone sailing many times.
  • I have tried sushi before.
  • I have never gone sailing.
  • I’ ve never tried sushi before.
 

  • Did you go sailing yesterday?
  • Did you try sushi at lunch?
  • I went sailing 3 days ago.
  • I tried sushi when I was in Japan.
  • I didn’t go sailing yesterday.
  • I did not try sushi at lunch.
It’s used… for events related to the present, but that
happened in the past.
when specific time is not mentioned.for experiences that are not in a sequence.
for events that happened in the past.when specific times are mentioned.for experiences
in a sequence.
The key words are… •ever
• never
• for
• since
• just
• yet
yesterday
• last night/week/year/etc.
• in 2009 (or any past date)
• ago

 

YOUR TURN

What is a place that you have visited?

What was memorable about it?

Have you ever been to New York?

What did you do yesterday?

Answer the questions in SPEAK YOUR MIND below.

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