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present perfect


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The verb tense expressing action completed at the present time, formed in English by combining the present tense of have with a past participle, as in He has spoken.
  • noun A verb in the present perfect tense.

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  • noun grammar A perfect tense that expresses action in the past (usually completed) with consequences in the present time.

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  • noun a perfective tense used to express action completed in the present


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  • There's a tendency in Australia at least for police spokespeople to use the present perfect rather than simple past when describing recent events:

    "At approximately half-past-seven last night, a male offender has entered the Driver Supermarket store in Palmerston brandishing a large, rusted machete.

    The offender has threatened the attendant and demanded money from the till." Full story here.

    I find it a little awkward. Any comments?

    May 24, 2011

  • Same thing in Italian, except Italian cops use the imperfetto.

    May 24, 2011

  • I haven't heard that here, but they do become as wordy (not Wordie, unfortunately) as humanly possible: "At approximately 7:30 p.m. last night...."

    Also, no cars. Only motor vehicles.

    June 1, 2011