Present Perfect usage in English Grammar

Form I have done I haven’t done Have I done? You have done You haven’t done Have you done? She has done He hasn’t done Has she done? We have done We haven’t done Have we done? They have done They haven’t done Have they done? The present perfect (Please note that British and American… Continue reading Present Perfect usage in English Grammar

Business English Grammar Present Perfect Simple vs Present Perfect Continuous

Often there is very little difference between the present perfect simple and the present perfect continuous. In many cases, both are equally acceptable. They’ve been working here for a long time but Andy has worked here for even longer.  I’ve lived here for 10 years and she has been living here for 12 years. To… Continue reading Business English Grammar Present Perfect Simple vs Present Perfect Continuous

Business English Grammar Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Continuous

How do you choose the present perfect simple or present perfect continuous? The Present Perfect Simple or the Present Perfect Continuous. Often there is very little difference between the present perfect simple and the present perfect continuous. In many cases, both are equally acceptable. They’ve been working here for a long time but Andy has… Continue reading Business English Grammar Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Continuous

English Grammar Tenses -Present Perfect Continuous

This tense is used to talk about an action or actions that started in the past and continued until recently or that continue into the future: We can use it to refer to an action that has finished but you can still see evidence. Oh, the kitchen is a mess. Who has been cooking?  You… Continue reading English Grammar Tenses -Present Perfect Continuous

Business English Grammar Past Simple or Present Perfect

(Remember that British and American English have different rules for the use of the present perfect. The comments and the exercises here refer to correct grammar for British English. In American English, it is often considered acceptable to use the past simple in some of these examples.) The past simple is used to talk about actions… Continue reading Business English Grammar Past Simple or Present Perfect

English Grammar Tenses -Past Perfect

We use the past perfect simple to talk about what happened before a point in the past. It looks back from a point in the past to further in the past. I hadn’t known the bad news when I spoke to him. I checked with the supplier and they still hadn’t received the contract. She… Continue reading English Grammar Tenses -Past Perfect

English Grammar Tenses -Past Perfect Continuous

We use the past perfect continuous to look back at a situation in progress. It was a good time to invest. Inflation had been falling for several months.  Before I changed jobs, I had been working on a plan to reduce production costs. We had been thinking about buying a new house but then we… Continue reading English Grammar Tenses -Past Perfect Continuous