An Explanation Of The Present Perfect
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If you ask a native speaker about the different tenses in English, chances are they will name the past, present and future tense. As English teachers we know that this is unfortunately not true and that the tense system in English is actually quite complicated.
Here we look at one of the tenses which is one of the first more advanced structures your students will learn: the present perfect tense.
The present perfect tense is a tense used to describe an event or action that happened at an unspecified time in the past. This is in contrast to the past simple which refers to a specific time in the past. Subsequently, while the past simple is used with time expressions such as yesterday, last week, four months ago, the present perfect is used with time expressions such as since, yet, already, never and ever.
In terms of form, the present perfect is quite simple: have/has + past participle. The contracted form is usually used and the negative and question forms are pretty straightforward:
I’ve already eaten breakfast.
I haven’t been to Japan yet.
Have you ever failed a test?
The difficulty for the students come from the different uses of the present perfect. It can be used:
- to talk about experiences
- to refer to a change (or changes) over time
- for recently completed actions
- for completed actions with a present result
- to talk about an action in an unfinished time period
In order to help your students get to grips with the present perfect, the first step is to make sure they are familiar with the form, paying particular attention to the past participle and the contracted forms.
Then it is necessary to provide your students with appropriate situations in which they can practise accurate usage. There are many different activities which can be done in your classroom for your students to practise using the structure, such as talking about travelling or experiences or playing I Have Never.
When teaching the present perfect it will be necessary to contrast it with the past simple in order to show your learners the difference between the two in terms of context. Once they have a handle on this, they should be able to use the present perfect tense accurately and effectively.
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You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.