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Nível Avançado › Missing Office Supplies

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

    • Use vocabulary related to theft at the office
    • Understand the uses of the present perfect
    • Understand different uses of "glare"

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PRESENT PERFECT
Dialog: "Well, I've reviewed the office supply inventory lists like you asked, and I came across some pretty glaring discrepancies."

We use the present perfect to talk about a completed action that happened at an unspecified time before now. The exact time the action occurred is not important; its relevance to the present is important. The concept of "unspecified time" can be quite confusing, so it helps to associate the present perfect with the following topics:

1) EXPERIENCE

  • I've visited the new branch offices three times in the last month.
  • Jason has worked as a salesman, a retail clerk, an accountant and a soccer coach.
  • Have you ever been to Maracanã stadium? It's amazing!

2) CHANGE OVER TIME

  • Gosh, Suzy hasn't aged a day in the last 10 years. She looks fantastic!
  • Wow, your English has really improved since you started studying with meuInglês. Congratulations!
  • Has North Korea made any transparent overtures of peace in recent weeks?

3) ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • I've finally received the recognition I deserve. My boss has given me a promotion!
  • John has sold more insurance packages than the rest of the sales team combined.
  • They just haven't been able to get their design project up and running yet. And they're working so hard.

4) SOMETHING THAT STARTED IN THE PAST AND IS STILL TRUE TODAY

  • We've lived here for 10 years. (Nós temos vivido aqui por 10 anos.)
  • I've worked as a teacher for 5 years. (Eu tenho trabalhado como professora por 5 anos.
  • He's played guitar in that band for a few months. (Ele tem tocado guitarra naquela banda por alguns meses.)

Sobre esta aula

Employee theft of office supplies is a huge problem across the globe, and one of the most common causes for business failure, believe it or not. We’re talking more than $50 billion in the United States alone every single year. It may start off by accidentally taking home a pencil, or a pen dropped into a purse. It can also include more expensive items like computers and software. In this lesson, learn some of the vocabulary needed to address this issue and put an end to office theft!

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