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Present Perfect | Simple Past verb tenses – and when to use them.

This week we’re going to talk about something a lot of people have problems with,

 

the simple past and the present perfect verb tense.

 

When do we use the simple past,

 

and when do we use the present perfect?

 

Watch this conversation I had

 

with some French guy at the bus station
and see if you can find the mistakes.

 

How are you?

 

How’s it going buddy?
Where do you come from my friend?

 

I’m from Hawaii.

 

Tres bien, I have go to Hawaii in the last year.

 

You went to Hawaii last year?

 

Cool, where did you go?

 

First I was to Honolulu and then
I was to Maui, which I think
is the best island in the world, no?

 

How long have you been in Portugal?

 

Well I am here since 4 month
but now I go for Morocco,
did you went there?

 

You have been here for four months? Cool.

 

No I haven’t been there but I would love
to go.

 

Oh there’s my bus, I have to go.
Nice to meet you.

 

Did you find the mistakes?

We use the simple past to refer to a definite or known time in the past.

 

For example, “I went to Hawaii last year.”

 

With the simple past you must say when something happened.
For example,

 

“I arrived in Portugal last week.”

 

It would sound very unnatural
to use the simple past and not say when.

 

For example,

 

“I arrived in Portugal…”

 

We use the present perfect for an indefinite, unknown,

or unimportant time in the past.

With the present perfect, you cannot say when something happened.
For example, you cannot say,

“I have been to California last year.”

We don’t care when it happened,
the focus is on the experience.

 

For example,

 

“I have been to California.”  So remember,

 

when you want to say when something happened

 

use the simple past.

 

“I went to Hawaii last year.”

 

If you only want to say you’ve had an experience

 

use the present perfect.

 

“I have been to Hawaii.”

 

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WILDLIFE – Definition | Learn American English Idioms and Slang with MUSIC | Talking Heads





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WILDLIFE:

  • Animals that live in nature, away from people.
  • Wild animals collectively; the native animals (and sometimes plants) of a region or area.

FOR EXAMPLE:

  • The WILDLIFE in Hawai’i is limited – there are no snakes, no monkeys and no bears.
  • The Amazon Rainforest is full of WILDLIFE, some of which we’ve never seen before!

 

Here’s a great example of the idiom, in a song full of other idioms!

Talking Heads Wild Wild Life Lyrics

Songwriters: BYRNE, DAVID
I’m wearin’ my fur pyjamas
I ride a hot potato
It’s tickling my fancy, speak up, I can’t hear you
Here on this mountaintop, I got some wild, wild life
I got some news to tell ya about some wild, wild life
Here comes the doctor in charge, she’s got some wild, wild life
Ain’t that the way you like it, living wild, wild life
I wrestle with my conscience
You wrestle with your partner
Sittin’ on a window sill but he spends time behind closed doors
Check out Mr. Businessman, he bought some wild, wild life
On the way to the stock exchange, he got some wild, wild life
Break it up when he opens the door, he’s doin’ wild, wild life
I know that’s the way you like it, living wild, wild
Peace of mind, it’s a piece of cake
Thought control, you get on board anytime you like
Like sittin’ on pins and needles, things fall apart, it’s scientific

Sleeping on the interstate, getting wild, wild life
Checkin’ in, a checkin’ out, I got a wild, wild life
Spending all of my money and time, done too much wild, wild life
We wanna go, where we go, where we go, I doing wild, wild life
I know it, that’s how we start, got some wild, wild life
Paint a picture of me in the daylight and it’s a wild, wild life
You’ve grown so tall, you’ve grown so fast, wild, wild
I know that’s the way you like it, living wild, wild, wild, wild, life

IDIOM DEFINITIONS:
It’s tickling my fancy. ——–> I like it!
Speak up ———> Talk louder, I can’t hear you.
To wrestle your conscience —–> When you do something you know is wrong, and you feel bad about it.
(To have) Peace of mind ———–> To feel safe and secure; peaceful
It’s a piece of cake ————> It’s easy!
Get on board ————-> Join the group!
On pins and needles ———–> to be very nervous about something happening

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ON THE FENCE – Definition | Learn American English Idioms and Slang with MUSIC!





on-the-fence-idiom-definitionTO BE ON THE FENCE ABOUT SOMETHING:

  • When you don’t know how you feel about something yet
  • When you cannot yet decide one way or the other
  • Waiting to choose which way to go

FOR EXAMPLE:

  • “I’m ON THE FENCE ABOUT THIS SHIRT. Does it make me look fat?”
  • “Are you coming with us to the bar tonight?” —> “I don’t know, I’m still ON THE FENCE.”
  • “I’m still ON THE FENCE about whether to go to University or get a job.”

 

Here’s a great example:

“I can’t decide on this way or the other – so I live my life SITTING ON THE FENCE.”

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STAY ON YOUR TOES – Definition | Learn American English Idioms and Slang | Triumphant – Mariah Carey





Be-on-your-toes-idiom-definitionBE ON YOUR TOES:

Be careful; be prepared; be ready;

watch yourself;

be sure to follow the rules

FOR EXAMPLE:

I’m going to Las Ramblas in Barcelona. – > Be on your toes, there are a lot of pick-pockets there.

Do you smoke cigarettes at home? – > No way, I have to be careful around my wife.  She keeps me on my toes.


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