Learn English Grammar – Present Perfect Vs Simple Past Tense – What’s the difference

A lot of beginners in English get confused between present perfect and simple past tense and make some common English mistakes while using these tenses in English. 

Present Perfect Tense 
Used for unfinished actions that started in the past and continue in the present.
A finished action in someone’s in someone’s life
A finished action with a result in the present
With an unfinished time word ( this week, This month, today)

Past Simple 
Finished actions
A finished action in someone’s life 
A finished action with no result in the present


1 We use the past simple for past events or actions which have no connection to the present.

2 We use the present perfect for actions which started in the past and are still happening now OR for finished actions which have a connection to the present.

3 We CAN’T use the present perfect with a finished time word:

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