Lesson 52

The Present Perfect: Wedding by Mr & Mrs Johnny & Noelle-Christine Brazil

Level: Intermediate
Lesson contents:
  • Present Perfect with done.
  • Review of "from".
  • For or since? For with duration, but it's not really necessary to use it at all! But it is necessary to use since for points in time.
  • Use of the superlative.

Always watch the video several times without subtitles first. Train your ears! Your pronunciation will be much better if you follow this simple rule.

Exercises for this lesson:
How to do the lessons:
  1. Watch the video without subtitles.
  2. Do all the Exercises.
  3. Come back to this page.
  4. Watch the video with English Subtitles. Use the Pause button. People speak fast!

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How long has Johnny Brazil been married?

Watch this video, then click on Exercise 1

Same video with Precise Subtitles



Johnny Brazil is the happiest guy in Real English®. You can tell he is completely in love with Noelle-Christine just by looking at the way he looks at her. In fact, you might already have met this couple in Exercise 3b in lesson 15. In that case, we are practising the modal verb can, and he looks at her sooo lovingly when she tells us what she can do. She's really talented, and obviously natural, and unpretentious.

The present perfect is used 3 times in this clip. Can you find the 3rd one?

It's also interesting to note that Johnny says "We've been married exactly 24 hours". Students are always taught that you must use either for or since with the Present Perfect when including the notion of time. If it's a duration, we say "for 24 hours", and if it is a point in time, we say, "since yesterday at 11 a.m." But this is not true. Although we must use "since" for dates or other points in time, it is not necessary to add for for durations of time. It's optional.