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NEW! Podcast – What are Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous?

It’s grammar time!

Please join me as I discuss two tenses that are nobody’s favourites: Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous! Yes, it has to be done! 🙂

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Using Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran to Teach English Grammar

In this podcast we explore using the popular song Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran in an English class. We look at the use of tenses in the song – especially past simple, used to/would + infinitive, and present perfect.

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Board Questions

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Using Present Perfect Tense 1

Complete the sentences by adding the past participle for each infinitive verb in

1. I’ve (be) ____________________ to France twice.
2. I have (complete) ____________________ three computer courses.
3. He hasn’t (speak) ____________________ to his bank manager since June.
4. They have just (leave) ____________________ the building.
5. I haven’t (eat) ____________________ Chinese food before.
6. I think Jim has (have) ____________________ enough of Lauren.
7. Ben has (drive) ____________________ 300 miles in the past two days.
8. We haven’t (sell) ____________________ many ice creams this week.
9. They have never (ask) ____________________ their parents for any help.
10. I’ve just (see) ____________________ that bag at a lower price in a different
11. I think the manager has (offer) ____________________ him a job.
12. We have (make) ____________________ a dozen cakes for the party.
13. Has he (clean) ____________________ the car yet?
14. How long have you (live) ____________________ in the UK?
15. I have never (hear) ____________________ of that play. Is it any good?

(Source: Big Resource Book, by Matt Purland)

Answers: 1. been. 2. completed. 3. spoken. 4. left. 5. eaten. 6. had. 7. driven. 8. sold.
9. asked. 10. seen. 11. offered. 12. made. 13. cleaned. 14. lived. 15. heard.