Common Time Adverbs Used with the Present Perfect Tense

Learn commonly used Time Adverbs Used with the Present Perfect Tense in English with examples.

The present perfect tense is commonly used with the indefinite time adverbs (time expressions) justnever, ever, never, since, for, before, yet, already.

Time Adverbs Used with the Present Perfect Tense

Just

  • Refer to events that recently occurred

Examples:

Are you hungry? – No, I’ve just had dinner.

Is Tom here? – No, I’m afraid he’s just gone out.

Already

  • An action that has happened at an unspecified time before now. It suggests that there is no need for repetition
  • Can be placed before the main verb (past participle) or at the end of the sentence

Examples:

What time does the film start? – It has already started.

What time does the film start? – It has started already.

Yet

  • Refer to events that have occurred up to now

Examples:

He hasn’t arrived yet.

Have you eaten the apples yet?

For

  • Talk about a period or duration of time
  • Doesn’t have to be an exact number, but it needs to refer to a period of time

Examples:

He has lived in Paris for a long time.

We’re going to New York for the weekend.

Since

  • Refer to a specific point in time

Examples:

I have lived here since 2010.

I have been walking since 5 p.m.

Ever/Never

  • Express the idea of an unidentified time before now
  • Always placed before the main verb (past participle)

Examples:

He has never been abroad.

Have you ever been to Europe?

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Common Time Adverbs Used with the Present Perfect Tense

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