The present perfect tense is commonly used with the indefinite time adverbs (time expressions) just, never, ever, never, since, for, before, yet, already.
Adverbs of Time Used with the Present Perfect Tense
- Refer to events that recently occurred
Are you hungry? – No, I’ve just had dinner.
Is Tom here? – No, I’m afraid he’s just gone out.
- 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
What time does the film start? – It has already started.
What time does the film start? – It has started already.
- Refer to events that have occurred up to now
He hasn’t arrived yet.
Have you eaten the apples yet?
- 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
He has lived in Paris for a long time.
We’re going to New York for the weekend.
- Refer to a specific point in time
I have lived here since 2010.
I have been walking since 5 p.m.
- Express the idea of an unidentified time before now
- Always placed before the main verb (past participle)
He has never been abroad.
Have you ever been to Europe?
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All Tenses in English
Learn all (12) tenses in English with useful grammar rules, examples and ESL worksheets.
- Present Simple Tense
- Present Continuous Tense
- Present Perfect Tense
- Present Perfect Continuous Tense
- Past Simple Tense
- Past Continuous Tense
- Past Perfect Tense
- Past Perfect Continuous Tense
- Simple Future Tense
- Future Continuous Tense
- Future Perfect Tense
- Future Perfect Continuous
Time Adverbs Used with the Present Perfect Tense