Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Present Perfect Tense

Read the transcript here:

Interviewer: Where were you born?
Robin: In New York City.
Jim: Oklahoma City.
Interviewer: And was that a long time ago?
Jim: It was for me. 1949.
Robin: Never ask a lady her weight, her birth date, or her shoe size.
Interviewer: Fair enough.

Interviewer: Were you good at school?
Jim: Yes, I was good at school.
Robin (interrupting): Yes, he was, yes. He's a really smart guy. He's a

Interviewer: What did you do yesterday?
Robin: Yesterday, I studied medieval misogyny in French lyric poetry, and
then we had some lunch.

Interviewer: Apart from New York, tell me one other town that you've lived
Jim: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Robin: Paris, France.
Interviewer: When did you live in Paris?
Robin: In 1990.
Interviewer: Cool.
Robin: Yeah.

On screen text: "Has anything strange ever happened to you?".
Robin: I think it's really strange that we met.
Interviewer: Well, how did you meet?
Robin: We're not telling.
Interviewer: Fair enough. You don't have to.

Interviewer: How long have you known each other?
Jim: Uh, 5 years? 4 years?
Robin: Four years. That was good.
Jim: I was close.

Interviewer: What do you hope to achieve before you die?
Robin: Old age?

Int: What have you done this morning?
Ann: We have shopped
Int: Great.
Ann: That's about…(it). Walked and shopped.

Int: OK. What did you do yesterday?
Ann: Oh, we did wonderful things yesterday. We went to Ellis Island. We went to the
Statue of Liberty.

Uses of Present Perfect Tense:

  •  when the time period has not finished 

I have watched three movies this week.

  • when the time is recent 

Jane has just finished her homework. 

  • when the time is not mentioned 
We have lived in Paris, France and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • often used with for and since
They have lived  in England for five years. 
They have lived in England since 2005. 

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