Past Simple and Present Perfect: What's the difference?
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How can I know whether to use the past simple or present perfect?
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Created by Daniel Brockert
Published 6/2012
English
Past Simple and Present Perfect: What's the difference?
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I have a bachellor's degree in Linguistics from the University of Arizona and I've been helping students learn difficult English grammar for 7 years.  I can help you be successful in mastering two of the most difficult parts of the English language. 

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My First Section
5 Lectures 03:37
The Past Simple has the wrong name, because it is not a simple grammar to learn!  You need to know not only when to use it but when NOT to use it.  Of course you also have to memorize the changes in the words.  Also there are some sentences that look like past simple but actually don't mean past!  Y…
Past Simple
00:54

The past simple has a sister grammar called the past continuous.  Understanding how they are the same and different will make English much easier to understand and to speak well.          John went to the store-     Finished time/Finished action         John was going to the store.   Finished time/…
More about finished time
00:38

If your present perfect is not perfect, you are not alone.  Students often tell me they think it is difficult to learn.  "Teacher why do we have to say 'I went yesterday.'  I think 'I have gone yesterday' is ok."        The key difference is the time period.  Yesterday is finished time.  Present per…
Where it gets complicated- Unfinished time
01:04

There are some differences between American English and British English when using the past simple and present perfect.                I just went to the store>>>>>>>  American English             I've just gone to the store>>>>>  British English    Because this refers to an event that happened only…
It "just" depends where you are from!
00:30

There is one final grammar that is closely related to the present perfect- which I call it's younger brother.                 How long have you been living in Tucson?  I've been living in Tucson for 5 years.    This grammar is also used for unfinished time periods, but it is used to emphasize that a…
Present Perfect's younger brother
00:30
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Daniel Brockert
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I have 7 years of teaching experience in 6 countries and a bachellor's degree in Linguistics from the University of Arizona.  I'm currently living and working in Turkey, but I have also taught English in the United States, Korea, China, Costa Rica and Mexico. 

       Teaching and learning are my passions in life.  I struggled with Spanish growing up and in college, but became determined to learn it at all costs.  I took a Spanish course with an excellent instructor who gave me the confidence that I could succeed.  I made the decision to change my University major to linguistics and to study abroad in Costa Rica.

       My success in learning Spanish made me decide to study a more difficult language, so I took a teaching job in Beijing, China.  I studied Chinese for 2 1/2 years.  Chinese is a difficult, but fun language to learn!