Lesson 57

Present Perfect Tenses + Verb Review

Level: Beginner
Lesson contents:
  • Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous.
  • Vocabulary:
    The other uses of "juggle",
    "Get": How do you get to work?
    Language Barrier,
    travelled and traveled (both correct).
  • Grammar for the Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous.
  • Superlative: the most comfortable.

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Exercises for this lesson:
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Three Interviews using the Present Perfect Tenses + Verb Review

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There are 3 interviews in this lesson. First we meet Betty Jean, an American living in Dublin. She juggles to make a bit of money, and apparently to have fun. She uses the Present Perfect, speaking to the interviewer while juggling. Then we meet Marie-Louise and Al, Americans from a small town in Kentucky. They have traveled to 7 countries and they prefer Great Britain because it's the "most comfortable" of the countries they have visited, pointing out that there is no language barrier. This reminded me of the quotation that Britain and America are "two nations divided by a common language." The barrier is invisible for Marie-Louise and Al, when compared to the other languages they tried to deal with.

The longest interview is with Minda. She's one of my favorite interviewees because she is so very gracious and relaxed, and speaks both naturally and clearly. Blaise Corrigan, the interviewer, noticed this right away, and asked her many questions in order to review many verb tenses while hitting upon the Present Perfect in 2 instances.

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