Lesson 9

Simple past vs. Present perfect

Specified
Time in the past.

Unspecified
Time in the past

 

Look at the verb in italics.  Is it simple past or is it present perfect? Check the box that describes whether the verb expresses something that happened at a specified time in the past or at an unspecified time in the past.

 

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  1. Mr. Smith has been in Tokyo many times.    àpresent perfect

  1. Mr. Smith was in Tokyo last week.

  1. I’ve met Ann’s husband. He’s a nice guy.

  1. I met Ann’s husband at a party last week.

  1. Mr.White was in Rome three times last month.

  1. Mr. White has been in Rome many times.

  1. I like to travel. I’ve been in more than 50 countries.

  1. I was in Morocco in 2004.

  1. Marty wasn’t in Morocco at the time.