Perfect Tenses from the Beginning

Learn the important points of all six perfect tenses and improve your English!
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 41 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

This is a course that explains the grammar of the perfect tenses in a real world way, with examples that show how these tenses are used in real life. These lectures do more than ask you to memorize rules, by discussing the reasons why we use these tenses and how they fit with other parts of grammar. Purpose is the name of the game.

This course is meant for busy people who want to learn English but don't have enough time to dedicate hours with a textbook. None of the lectures are too long so you can understand what you need without wasting time with unnecessary details or pointless work. If you like, you can probably finish this course in around 1 hour, though sometimes repeating lectures might be necessary to fully understand a concept.

This course will help you become more confident in English. Understanding how to use perfect tenses can break the habit of only using simple sentences and allow you to express yourself much more clearly than before.

In conclusion, this course is what you need to level up your English and become a more confident learner!

What are the requirements?

  • You should have a general understanding of past, present and future tenses.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Express yourself more clearly
  • Have more English speaking confidence
  • Understand compicated conversations

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for students who have a basic understanding of English grammar, but want to take their self expression to a new level.
  • This course is not for student looking for advanced details of the nuances of the different tenses in particular situations.

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Start Here

Who am I? Why should you listen to me? What is my teaching experience? Watch this quick introduction to find out!


What are you getting into here? This quick video gives the idea and overview of everything you'll be learning in this course!


We always use the term "perfect tense" but do you know what "perfect" actually means? Why is it perfect? How did we choose this word? After this quick lesson, you will understand "perfect" perfectly.

Section 2: Present Perfect Tenses

The present perfect is the first stop in understanding all the perfect tenses. Pay careful attention, because the points you learn here will help make all the other perfect tenses clear!


The present perfect continuous (progressive) is the first step to understanding continuous tenses perfectly!

Section 3: Past Perfect Tenses

The past perfect is the key to describing the connection between two past events!


After this lesson, you will understand which situations to use this tense!

Section 4: Future Perfect Tenses

The future perfect is what you need to tell stories about the future!!


The best way to describe how long you've been doing something when you want to make the time an even number. Make sure to use this surprisingly useful tense!

Section 5: Bonus Material

Been and gone are two words that can be kind of tricky when you use the present perfect. This lesson will detail how to use them properly.


Many students ask about the difference between a simple tense and a continuous tense. While I address this in the main lectures, this lesson has a little more detail.


A short video from my Youtube channel detailing the how the present perfect and the simple past are different.


In the future perfect lesson, I mention that 'be going to' is possible, it's rarely used with the perfect tenses. This Youtube video will explain the different uses of the two.

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Instructor Biography

Ian Schellenberg, Instructor and Designer

Ian has been teaching English to international students all over the world for nearly 10 years. Not content with having students memorize rules or repeat vocabulary, he strives to make students go deeper, to understand the roots of the rules in order to get a comprehensive understanding of English. He has developed several courses for use in the classroom and is an all around fun guy!

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