If you’ve been speaking English all your life, you probably never stop and ponder the difference between these verb tenses: the present present, as in I have gone, and the past simple, as in I went.

As I discovered when I was practice teaching, and have confirmed as a real teacher this summer, it’s a tricky distinction to make.

Slide1Searching for a clear explanation, I read boring books and watched snoozy webcam lectures. There had to be a more interesting way to learn!

I guess the judges at TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Ontario must have thought I’d made progress, when they awarded me the grand prize in the instructor category.

So be grateful you have been programmed to understand English. And pass this alone to anyone who is learning. They’ll thank you.

The Search for the Present Perfect.


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