present perfect


Definition of present perfect

: of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense that is traditionally formed in English with have and a past participle and that expresses an action or state begun in the past and completed at the time of speaking (as in "I have finished") or continuing in the present (as in "We have lived here for several years")

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Other Words from present perfect

present perfect noun

Examples of present perfect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With their suits and their fiberglass briefcases, this pair presented perfect targets for the protesters. Lynn Freed, Harper's Magazine, "Carrying On," 27 Apr. 2020 As sporting events could present perfect targets for terrorists, security concerns and costs skyrocketed. Lars Dzikus, The Conversation, "A world without sports," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of present perfect

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of present perfect was in 1887

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“Present perfect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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