USE Î Permanent situations S Simon lives in Oxford. Ï Regular habits and routines S I go out with my friends every Saturday night. Ð Scientific facts S Water boils at 100 degrees centigrade.Ñ States, not actions S My sister believes in aliens.
Ò Fixed events in the future, especially timetables SThe train leaves at eight thirty. Ó After time expresions SWhen I see him I´ll tell himwhat you said.
Î Temporary situations/ events happening in the present S Jackie´s staying with her cousins this week. Ï Something that is happening now or“around now” S Tom´s watching TV. Ð Changing or developing situations S The traffic problem in Madrid is getting worse. Ñ Future arrangements S I´m meeting Jill at a club on Friday night.
Ò Characteristicbehaviour (often irritating) SShe´s always leaving the door open.
Î A finished action or a series of actions in the past S Marc missed the bus yesterday morning. Ï To describe twoactions, when one action happened after another action S I got home late and went straight to bed. Ð Unreal states/ actions SIf I had a video I´d record it for you. Î A continuous or unfinished action inthe past S Julie was watching TV at seven o´clock yesterday evening.
Ï Unreal states/ actions SIt´s time we were going.
Î An experience in somebody´s life (there is aconnection with the present) S The band have toured the USA and Canada. Ï A past action with a result in the present S Kate can´t come out tonight because she hasn´t done her homework. Ð An action/ state/habit that started in the past and continues to the present S My dad has had this music system for twenty years. Present Perfect Simple
Ñ We often use it to give new information or to announce a recenthappening S Do you know about Jim? He´s gone to Canada. Ò We use it with “this morning/ this evening/ today/ this week/...” when these periods are not finished at the time of speaking S I´ve smoked...
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