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July 2008

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English Online
Write English
Test Your English
Grammar Spot
Correct English?
Desktop Software
Your own Tutor
Business Course
Readers' Questions

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Andrew Jackson


Confusing Words

envelop | envelope

 



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Grammar Spot : Using the Present Perfect

July Grammar Spot

Using the Present Perfect is not always that easy for English language learners. However, once you remember a few simple rules it gets a lot easier to use it in your conversation. Firstly, you form the Present Perfect using the subject + the auxiliary have/has + the past participle of the verb. For example:

She + has + lived in France for ten years.

We use it mainly for talking about actions started in the past and continuing in the present.

To find a full explanation of the Present Perfect rules and areas where it may not be so clear read the English4Today Grammar Section and read the English4Today Blog entries while you listen to the accompanying podcast episode.



Singin' Right and Speakin' Wrong

using English

What is 'correct' English? If you listen to pop songs in English you may wonder why the words of the song seem to be grammatically incorrect. Can you really speak like that? Are there grammar rules that you perhaps don't know about?

As a result of a lot of questions, especially about English song lyrics, we have posted an article on the English4Today blog which looks at the lyrics of a song by Akon and discusses the type of English used in it.

Read the English4Today Blog Article about Akon's song



English Language Desktop Software

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English4Today Business English Course

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Readers' Questions

Every month we publish one question from an English4Today member in the newsletter. However, we answer a lot more in the Online Grammar FAQ and a lot of them have podcast sound files with the answers.

This month's question follows the newsletter Grammar Point and was sent in by Sahra PISANO in Brazil : What's the difference between these sentences: "I'm married for 3 years" and "I've been married for 3 years"?

Readers' Questions

When you see 'for' with a period or duration of time - as in 'for three years' or 'for a long time' or 'for two days' then you know that the verb will be in the Present Perfect.

We use the Present Perfect when we are talking about something started in the past and continuing in the present. The structure of the the Present Perfect is:

SUBJECT + HAVE/HAS + PAST PARTICIPLE OF VERB

I  + HAVE + BEEN MARRIED + FOR TEN YEARS

Your first sentence is, therefore, not correct and the second one is correct.

Get the full answer to this question and many others sent in to the English4Today Ask an Expert service. This answer has a sound file podcast attached so that you can also listen to the answer as well.

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