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Express Yourself: Talk about experiences

use the present perfect to talk about your experiences in life!

Talk about your life experiences naturally with the present perfect.




PRESENT PERFECT FORM



EXAMPLE & EXPLANATION


I have eaten (I've eaten) sushi. 🍣

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Sometime in my life (from the time I was born, until this moment), I ate sushi and I had that experience.


  • Do you know when I ate sushi? No.

  • Do we care about the specific time when it happened? No. (It's not important)



MORE EXAMPLES

Talk about your travel experiences. 🧳🚃✈️🗿




TIPS 👀🔍🧐


  1. Use the present perfect to talk about your experience and then give details about your experience with the past simple (exact time, place etc.)



Example:

present perfect = general experience

past simple = details


I've been to Mongolia before, it was great! I went in 2011 with a few friends. We rode horses in the mountains and camped in beautiful forrests!


2. Use have been to or have gone to for places you have visited.

Example:


  • Have you been to Africa?

  • Have you visited Africa?

  • Have you gone to Africa?


Yes, I have. I went in South Africa in 2020.




talking about visiting places =

have been to

have gone to


PRACTICE


A) Practice the present perfect form



B) Practice using the present perfect to talk about experiences.

Remember use past simple for details.






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