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The perfect form of a verb represents a situation resulting from a past event.

The perfect is created by combining the verb ‘to have’ with the verb’s past participle.

For example,

John has talked in class.

Because ‘has’ is present tense, this is an example of the present perfect.


We can change this to the past perfect by changing the tense of the verb ‘to have’.

For example,

John had talked in class.

Remember, the perfect tense can help us clarify time relations in a piece of writing.


Your Turn…

1. Which auxiliary verb is required in the perfect tense?
To have
To do
To be

2. What does the auxiliary verb combine with when writing the perfect tense?
The past participle
The present participle
The future participle

3. Which are the two main versions of the progressive tense?
Past and present
future and past
male and female

4. Which verb determines whether the progressive is past or present?
The participle
The imperative verb
The auxiliary verb

5. Which of the following is a example of progressive tense?
I am looking for someone.
I have walked to school.
I smell nice.

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