Present Perfect Tense Examples

These present perfect tense examples will ensure you understand the context of using this tense. 

The main use of the present perfect is to talk about something that started in the past but has relevance to the present. For example it is something still going on or is something that has just happened. 

These examples of the present perfect tense illustrate the main ways that it is used and the words it's commonly used with. At the end of the page there are examples of how it might be used in an everyday conversation. 

Just as a reminder, this is how we form the Present Perfect:



have
+ past participle




Positive:
 I have taken the test

Negative: I haven't taken the test

Question: Have you taken the test?

Something happening at an unspecified time in the past


These present perfect tense examples are of things that happened in the past, but a specific time is not mentioned. This may be because it is not known or it isn't important.

  • I've been to Europe many times
  • Have you been to Spain?
  • We haven't eaten there before
  • I've taken my driving test
  • She has written several books
  • Have you seen Game of Thrones?

Ever and Never


Ever and never are commonly used with the present perfect tense.

It is similar to the examples above yet they are placed in the sentence to specifically clarify it refers to experiences in one's whole life (so from birth up until now).

Note that ever is for questions and never for statements, though never can be used in a question form if it is with another question word e.g. why.

Ever

  • Has she ever been to America?
  • Have you ever been married?
  • Have you ever eaten sushi?
  • Has the government ever changed their manifesto?

Never

  • I've never been to America
  • They have never married
  • Why have you never helped me with my homework?
  • He has never given me any feedback on my work

For and Since


With For and Since, a time is given, but again it is referring to something that has not finished. For refers to the duration of time whereas since simply states the time when something started. 

For

  • I've been studying French for three years
  • Mick has been driving for two hours
  • The restaurant has stopped doing take-aways for one week
  • Have you lived here for long?

Since

  • I've been studying French since 2016
  • Mick has been driving since two o'clock
  • The restaurant has stopped doing take-aways since the start of the month
  • Have you lived here since May?

Just, Already, Yet, Still


These words can be used with others but are commonly used with the present perfect. Here are some present perfect tense examples with Just, Already, Yet, and Still:

Just 

  • She has just arrived
  • Have you just eaten the last sweet?
  • John just found out he has passed all his exams
  • We have just arrived

Already

  • We've already eaten, so we don't need any food
  • Why have you already left? We are not meeting till later
  • My daughter has already gone to university
  • Have they already booked the holiday?

Yet

  • Has Susan arrived yet?
  • I haven't taken my tablets yet
  • It's late. Hasn't he phoned yet to say he got home ok?
  • Have they booked the holiday yet?

Still 

  • He has still got his beard. He should shave it off
  • Have you still got that book you borrowed?
  • I've still got to clean the dishes
  • The shop has still got a sale on

Present Perfect Tense Examples in a Conversation


This is a conversation where the present perfect is used. Can you spot some of the words from above?

  • Hi Jack, how are you doing?

  • I'm doing really well. I've just booked a holiday!

  • Oh great, where are you going?

  • South Africa.

  • Have you been there before?

  • No. I've visited the African continent, but not South Africa. Have you ever been to South Africa?

  • No, I've never been, but I'd love to go.

  • So what are you up to?

  • I've just started a new job actually.

  • Oh, where's that?

  • Same place. It's just a promotion.

  • You've worked there for about 10 years now haven't you?

  • Ha ha, yes I've still not left. I've worked there since 2008.

  • Anyway, I have to get off. See you later.