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Nível Avançado › Easter Bunny Blues

  • At the end of this lesson you’ll be able to:

    • Use vocabulary related to Easter
    • Understand the use of the present perfect
    • Understand different expressions with "steal"

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PRESENT PERFECT WITH TIME EXPRESSIONS
Dialog: "
I've had to steal them from Happy Chick Organic Eggs for the past 10 years."

Normally we use the present perfect to talk about an action that happened at an unspecified time in the past. However, we also use the present perfect when expressing a period of time that began in the past and continues until the present. It's considered a present tense because it always suggests a relevant connection to the present. There are a number of time expressions that indicate the use of the present perfect in this context. You'll see some of them in the examples below.

 

  • I've been sick for two weeks now. (I'm still sick today)
  • It hasn't rained all month. (The month is not over and there is still no rain today)
  • Their family has lived in the same house for three generations. (The family continues to live in the house)
  • Have you seen Mark at all today? (It is still today)
  • She hasn't visited her grandfather since she left the insane asylum. (The visit still has not occurred)
  • Has mom talked to the doctor recently? I'm worried about her. (Mom still has not spoken to the doctor)

 

*NOTE: The difference between the present perfect and the past simple can be confusing. A simple way to understand how they are different is to remember that the present perfect has a relevant connection to the present and the past simple does not.

 

Sobre esta aula

It's Easter time again, but this year it seems the traditionally fluffy-tailed, happy-go-lucky Easter Bunny we all know and love is feeling a bit...well, blue. The pressure's on as our French Easter Bunny finds himself on the brink of an existential crisis. Join us in this lesson as he copes with finding the answers to the questions all notable figures must finally confront: "Who am I? What is it all for?"

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