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PEARSON ADULT LEARNING CENTRE 
Advanced Composition 
Adverbial Time and the Present Perfect

March 29, 2001

Time words and certain English tenses go together naturally. Tonight, we'll practice using the present perfect tense with a number of adverbial time expressions. This way, we can avoid mistakes like, "I have not completed my assignment yesterday."

The Present Perfect and Time Expressions

"already"

Example: The boy has already done his homework.

"yet"

Example: His sister hasn't done her homework yet.

"ever"

Example: The parents haven't ever gone to see her teacher.

"so far" or "up to now"

Example: The teachers have given only three homework assignments up to now OR so far.

Writing Exercise:

Write a paragraph about something you are doing that is not finished yet. This activity should be ongoing (takes a number of months) and should have a definite finish date.

Use three of the four adverbial time expressions, along with the present perfect tense. Teacher Writing Sample for this exercise.

 

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