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Emanuele Giaccherini of Italy celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Belgium and Italy.

Present Perfect - Podcast 56

Present Perfect - Podcast 56

In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about Euro 2016 and the language focus is on the present perfect. How do we use it and when do we use it? You can also win a Premier League shirt in our new competition. All you have to do is say which Premier League player is going to score most goals at Euro 2016. Easy!

How much did you understand?

Vocabulary 

In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some vocabulary that might be new for you. Try the activity below to see how much you understand:

A Swiss player tackled a French player and he popped the ball!

Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match the words and phrases at the top with the descriptions below.
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Is West Ham's French forward, Dimitri Payet the best player at Euro2016 so far?.

Language - Present Perfect

In this week's podcast, we spoke about the present perfect.  First of all, let's look at how we create the present perfect. After this, we will look at how we use the present perfect.

Present Perfect - Form

The present perfect is formed from the present tense of the verb have and the past participle of a verb. The past participle is the third form of the verb. If the verb is regular this means it ends in -ed like played, worked and liked. But, some of the most common verbs, in English, are irregular as you can see from the table below:

Common Verb Past Participle Common Verb Past Participle
be been eat eaten
have had take taken
do done say said
get got tell told
go gone buy bought

Now, have a go at this activity, which focusses on the form of the present perfect and regular and irregular verbs. Can you write the correct form of the present perfect? 

Activity 2: Read each sentence and decide how to complete the sentence using the present perfect.
Can you write the correct form of the verb?

Daniel Sturridge got a last-minute winner to give England a 2-1 win against Wales in their 'Battle of Britain'.

Present Perfect - Use

We can use the present perfect tense:

  • for something that started in the past and continues in the present, and
  • for something we have done several times in the past and continue to do so

They’ve been married for nearly fifty years.

She has lived in Liverpool all her life.

In the podcast, Jack and Rich used some sentences to show this:

Ronaldo has now played more times for Portugal than any other player. He has won 128 caps for Portugal.

Now, have a go at this activity, which focusses on the present perfect in more detail. If you want to more, then, take a look at the Learn English website from the British Council.

Activity 3: In this activity, take a look at the sentences, they all have mistakes in them, and try to write the sentences correctly.
Can you correct the errors?

Sunderland's forward, Emanuel Giaccherini, has helped Italy reach the knockout stages.

Transcript

If the listening was a bit difficult, you can listen again and read the transcript at the same time.
Read the transcript and listen at the same time.

Welcome

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast.

Jack: Hi everyone. I’m Jack and every week we talk about football and help you with your English.

Rich: This week we’re going to talk more about what has happened at Euro 2016, help you with the present perfect and tell you about our new Euro 2016 competition.

Jack: But first let’s take a look at what you’ve been talking about on the website.

Rich: We’ve had more than 200 comments on the website this week, which is great news!

Jack: Lots of you have sent us comments about Euro 2016. Buchiy from Japan thinks Croatia might surprise a few teams and JBN 11 from France thinks Paul Pogba or Daniel Sturridge will finish as top scorer.

Rich: A lot of you also spoke about pronunciation, which we looked at in last week’s podcast. It was interesting to hear the pronunciation problems you have with English and the pronunciation problems foreigners have with your language.

Jack: And thanks to Haydi from Tunisia for taking the time to analyse some of the common problems that French and Arabic speakers have when speaking English. Have a look at the comments in last week’s podcast and write a reply if you agree with her.

Language Focus / Latest News

Rich: France have qualified for the next round of Euro2016. Italy have also progressed to the next round.

Jack: West Ham’s Dimitri Payet has been France’s best player so far and Sunderland’s Emanuele Giaccherini has played really well for Italy.

Rich: France have qualified... Italy have progressed... Giaccherini has played... that’s a lot of present perfect.

Jack: We create the present perfect by using have in the present tense so have or has in the third person and then the third form of the verb which is sometimes called the past participle.

Rich: For regular verbs, the third form is the same as the past form - that is, the verb plus ‘ed’.

Jack: So; France have qualified for the next round. We use have and then qualified because qualify is a regular verb. We say qualify - qualified - qualified.

Rich: It’s the same with progress. Progress - progressed - progressed. Italy have progressed to the next round.

Jack: Irregular verbs don’t follow the pattern - that’s what makes them irregular. There are lots of irregular verbs in English and you just have to learn them.

Rich: Actually, some of the most common verbs are irregular. Have, do, be, get, go, eat, say, take...

Jack: Here’s another example of the present perfect: Romania and Ukraine have gone home. They have been knocked out of the competition.

Rich: Here we use the verb go. Go is an irregular verb. We say go in the present, went in the past simple and in the third form we say gone. Go-went-gone. Romania and Ukraine have gone home.

Jack: The next sentence is a bit more complicated. This is the present perfect in the passive form. Romania have been knocked out. We make the present perfect passive with ‘have been’ plus the third form of the verb so we say ‘Romania have been knocked out’ or ‘Romania have been knocked out by Albania’.

Rich: Let’s look at another example: In the match between Portugal and Austria Cristiano Ronaldo became the most capped player in the history of Portuguese football. Ronaldo has now played more times for Portugal than any other player. He has won 128 caps for Portugal.

Jack: Here’s a challenge for you. Why do we say Ronaldo has won 128 caps for Portugal but David Beckham won 115 caps for England?

Rich: That’s a good question - OK, let’s see your answers in the comments section.

Football Phrase

Rich: Right, last week’s football phrase was group of death.

Jack: It sounds a bit scary.

Rich: It actually means a group at a football competition where all four teams are strong and have an equal chance of progressing.

Jack: It’s called a group of death because nobody knows which team will survive.

Rich: Lots of you got the right answer, including: Kwesimanifest from Ghana, HassanRaja447 from Pakistan, Elghoul from Algeria, Konstantin Samsonov and Alex from Ukraine, Polevoy2000 from Belarus, and AleksandarR from Montenegro. Well done to all of you!  Have you got a football phrase this week, Jack?

Jack: Yes, I have but I haven’t chosen this week’s football phrase. It’s been chosen by kwesimanifrst from Ghana. If you want to know more about a football phrase, just write a comment for us and we might choose it for the podcast.

Rich: So, what’s Kwesimanifest’s phrase?

Jack: This week’s football phrase is to book a place. This means to go through to the next round of a competition. So you can say France, Switzerland and Italy have all booked a place in the knockout stage of the competition. The first word of the phrase is a synonym for reserve. You can reserve a table at a restaurant for example or maybe a seat on a plane.  

Competition

Rich: We’ve got a new competition for you and another chance to win a Premier League football shirt of your choice for the start of the new Premier League season on the 13th of August.

Jack: And it’s the simplest competition yet. All you have to do is write a comment saying which Premier League player at Euro2016 will score the most goals.

Rich: Just write a comment in the section below. You have to write who you think will score the most goals before 2400 on Friday the 1st of July.

Jack: So, you can watch a few more matches before you make your decision.

Strange but true

Rich: Before we finish, did you see the strange thing that happened in the France - Switzerland match?

Jack: No, I didn’t. What happened?

Rich: A Swiss player tackled a French player and he popped the ball!

Jack: Popped the ball?

Rich: Yes, the studs on his boots ripped right through the ball, making a big tear. And in the same game at least 5 Swiss player’s shirts were ripped too!

Jack: I’ve never seen that happen before. A ball popping! hope they had plenty of extras!

Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for today!

Jack: Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions, football phrase and competition in the comments below.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

 

 

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What do you think?

In this week’s podcast, we spoke about Euro 2016 and the present perfect. We asked you what the difference was between these two sentences:

Ronaldo has won 128 caps for Portugal.

David Beckham won 115 caps for England.

Can you tell us the difference in the comments section below?

Remember to enter the Euro 2016 competition above by telling us which Premier League player is going to score most goals at Euro 2016.

And finally, make your guess at this week's football phrase in the comments section below.

 
If you want us to correct your English, just write 'correct me' at the beginning of your comment.

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kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
22/06/2016
GH
14285
points

Ronaldo has won 128 caps for Portugal.
David Beckham won 115 caps for England.
The difference is time. Beckham doesn't play anymore so he won 115 caps but Ronaldo is still playing which is presently and has won 128 caps and might get more caps.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
22/06/2016 06:06
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Ronaldo has won 128 caps for Portugal.
David Beckham won 115 caps for England.
The difference is time. Beckham doesn't play anymore so he won 115 caps but Ronaldo is still playing which is presently and has won 128 caps and might get more caps.

haydi's picture
haydi
23/06/2016
TN
3189
points

I think the same kwesimanifest.


haydi's picture
haydi
23/06/2016 16:59
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

I think the same kwesimanifest.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
22/06/2016
GH
14285
points

An example of a present perfect tense: She has learned to speak Russian.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
22/06/2016 10:06
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

An example of a present perfect tense: She has learned to speak Russian.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
22/06/2016
GH
14285
points

For this week's phrase is thought of one that would fit the on going Euros and i think the period fits perfectly.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
22/06/2016 10:13
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

For this week's phrase is thought of one that would fit the on going Euros and i think the period fits perfectly.

Rich's picture
Rich
23/06/2016
ES
2921
points

Thanks for the phrase kwesimanifest. Did you see Iceland and Ireland **** * ***** in the knockout stages last night?


Rich's picture
Rich
23/06/2016 08:22
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Thanks for the phrase kwesimanifest. Did you see Iceland and Ireland **** * ***** in the knockout stages last night?

Hassan_raja447
22/06/2016
PK
837
points

Correct me
Rolando is not retired from International football and is currently playing for his nation, on the other hand Beckham is not playing for his country. Present simple is used for something that has been completed or finished. Present perfect is used for something that has been continue.


Hassan_raja447
22/06/2016 10:44
Pakistan
Liverpool
837

Correct me
Rolando is not retired from International football and is currently playing for his nation, on the other hand Beckham is not playing for his country. Present simple is used for something that has been completed or finished. Present perfect is used for something that has been continue.

Rich's picture
Rich
23/06/2016
ES
2921
points

Hi Hassan_Raja447

You're right when you say that the present perfect is used for something that started in the past and has still not been completed. So, thinking about that, would these two sentences be possible?

  1. Ronaldo has not retired from international football.
  2. Beckham has retired from international football.

Rich's picture
Rich
23/06/2016 08:20
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Hassan_Raja447

You're right when you say that the present perfect is used for something that started in the past and has still not been completed. So, thinking about that, would these two sentences be possible?

  1. Ronaldo has not retired from international football.
  2. Beckham has retired from international football.
Rema's picture
Rema
01/07/2016
RS
538
points

Hi Rich

Hi Rich

Retirement is proces which is completed or finished, so in my opinion here is appropriate to say:
1. Ronaldo didn't retire from international football.
2. Backam retired from international football.


Rema's picture
Rema
01/07/2016 23:03
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Hi Rich

Hi Rich

Retirement is proces which is completed or finished, so in my opinion here is appropriate to say:
1. Ronaldo didn't retire from international football.
2. Backam retired from international football.

Rich's picture
Rich
04/07/2016
ES
2921
points

Hi Rema

Both can be correct in some contexts but it would be more likely to hear, 'Ronaldo hasn't retired from international football' and 'Beckham has retired from international football'. If there was a specific date then the past simple would be used i.e. 'Beckham retired from international football in 2009'. Have a look here for more about the present perfect and past simple.

Cheers

Rich

 


Rich's picture
Rich
04/07/2016 08:35
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Rema

Both can be correct in some contexts but it would be more likely to hear, 'Ronaldo hasn't retired from international football' and 'Beckham has retired from international football'. If there was a specific date then the past simple would be used i.e. 'Beckham retired from international football in 2009'. Have a look here for more about the present perfect and past simple.

Cheers

Rich

 

Rema's picture
Rema
17/07/2016
RS
538
points

Thanks Rich :)


Rema's picture
Rema
17/07/2016 13:43
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Thanks Rich :)

Hassan_raja447
22/06/2016
PK
837
points

This week's football phrase is **** a ticket. I think


Hassan_raja447
22/06/2016 10:45
Pakistan
Liverpool
837

This week's football phrase is **** a ticket. I think

admin's picture
admin
22/06/2016
GB
7601
points

Hi Hassan_raja447

You got the first part right, but it's not a ticket. Can you think of another phrase that is very similar to this?

Thanks

Jack


admin's picture
admin
22/06/2016 13:41
United Kingdom
Arsenal
7601

Hi Hassan_raja447

You got the first part right, but it's not a ticket. Can you think of another phrase that is very similar to this?

Thanks

Jack

Hassan_raja447
22/06/2016
PK
837
points

Yes of course! It's **** a spot or *****.


Hassan_raja447
22/06/2016 14:39
Pakistan
Liverpool
837

Yes of course! It's **** a spot or *****.

admin's picture
admin
22/06/2016
GB
7601
points

Well done! That's the one.


admin's picture
admin
22/06/2016 15:22
United Kingdom
Arsenal
7601

Well done! That's the one.

Hassan_raja447
22/06/2016
PK
837
points

What is the result of previous competition? Most goals at group stages?


Hassan_raja447
22/06/2016 10:46
Pakistan
Liverpool
837

What is the result of previous competition? Most goals at group stages?

Rich's picture
Rich
22/06/2016
ES
2921
points

Hi Hassan_Raja447

The group stage finishes tonight so we don't know the result yet. The result and the winner will be announced in next week's podcast.

Thanks for your comment.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 


Rich's picture
Rich
22/06/2016 11:53
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Hassan_Raja447

The group stage finishes tonight so we don't know the result yet. The result and the winner will be announced in next week's podcast.

Thanks for your comment.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
22/06/2016
UA
8821
points

Sturridge will definitely score most goals at Euro 2016.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
22/06/2016 14:05
Ukraine
Liverpool
8821

Sturridge will definitely score most goals at Euro 2016.

Rich's picture
Rich
22/06/2016
ES
2921
points

I really hope so and if he does it could win you a Premier League shirt!!!


Rich's picture
Rich
22/06/2016 17:27
Spain
Liverpool
2921

I really hope so and if he does it could win you a Premier League shirt!!!

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
23/06/2016
UA
8821
points

So, three of us are full of hopes. :-)


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
23/06/2016 03:13
Ukraine
Liverpool
8821

So, three of us are full of hopes. :-)

elghoul's picture
elghoul
22/06/2016
DZ
9105
points

Ronaldo has now won 128 caps and he can win more in the future. Beckham won 115 caps and he will not win because he will never add any cap or play for England.
PAYET DIMITRI is going to score most goals at this tournament as a Premier League player.
Word guessing : qualify.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
22/06/2016 17:41
Algeria
Arsenal
9105

Ronaldo has now won 128 caps and he can win more in the future. Beckham won 115 caps and he will not win because he will never add any cap or play for England.
PAYET DIMITRI is going to score most goals at this tournament as a Premier League player.
Word guessing : qualify.

Rich's picture
Rich
22/06/2016
ES
2921
points

Hi Elghoul

You're right about the difference between the two sentences but you need to think about this week's football phrase again!

Payet has a good chance of being the top scorer. He has 2 goals already!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
22/06/2016 18:39
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Elghoul

You're right about the difference between the two sentences but you need to think about this week's football phrase again!

Payet has a good chance of being the top scorer. He has 2 goals already!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

mzizo
23/06/2016
EG
1
points

Ronaldo still plays for Portugal. so, winning more caps is possible. Present perfect is used
While Beckham doesn't play for England anymore. So the past simple is the appropriate tense.


mzizo
23/06/2016 00:06
Egypt
Manchester United
1

Ronaldo still plays for Portugal. so, winning more caps is possible. Present perfect is used
While Beckham doesn't play for England anymore. So the past simple is the appropriate tense.

Rich's picture
Rich
23/06/2016
ES
2921
points

Hi Mzizo and welcome to Premier Skills English!

You're right about the difference between the two sentences. As a Manchester Utd fan, are you looking forward to the new Premier League season?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
23/06/2016 08:15
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Mzizo and welcome to Premier Skills English!

You're right about the difference between the two sentences. As a Manchester Utd fan, are you looking forward to the new Premier League season?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/06/2016
GH
14285
points

Payet as it stands is the best forward in the Euros


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/06/2016 04:42
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Payet as it stands is the best forward in the Euros

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/06/2016
GH
14285
points

The popped ball incident surprised me. For me it's being a while since I witnessed such an action.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/06/2016 04:45
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

The popped ball incident surprised me. For me it's being a while since I witnessed such an action.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/06/2016
GH
14285
points

I remember saying Croatia was to be watched out for and they are somewhat proving me right.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/06/2016 04:56
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

I remember saying Croatia was to be watched out for and they are somewhat proving me right.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/06/2016
GH
14285
points

It's a poor finish for Swedish team drawing 1 match and loosing the remaining 2.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/06/2016 05:08
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

It's a poor finish for Swedish team drawing 1 match and loosing the remaining 2.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/06/2016
GH
14285
points

Russia, Czech Republic, Austria and Romania also had a similar fate as Sweden


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/06/2016 05:14
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Russia, Czech Republic, Austria and Romania also had a similar fate as Sweden

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/06/2016
GH
14285
points

I think Portugal didn't take their chances in the 1st two games and are only fortunate to make it to the round of 16


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/06/2016 05:16
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

I think Portugal didn't take their chances in the 1st two games and are only fortunate to make it to the round of 16

odavaz
23/06/2016
FR
42
points

correct me if I'm wrong.
Ronaldo has won 128 caps for Portugal.
In this phase Ronaldo still can win more caps with Portugal and in the second one David Beckham in the total of his caps he has won 115 games.


odavaz
23/06/2016 11:17
France
Chelsea
42

correct me if I'm wrong.
Ronaldo has won 128 caps for Portugal.
In this phase Ronaldo still can win more caps with Portugal and in the second one David Beckham in the total of his caps he has won 115 games.

Rich's picture
Rich
23/06/2016
ES
2921
points

Hi Odavaz

Thanks for your message and welcome to Premier Skills English. After yesterday's match, Ronaldo now has 129 caps for Portugal.

You are right about the difference between the two sentences. Ronaldo hasn't finished his football career so we use the present perfect. David Beckham has retired so we use the past simple.

Are you enjoying Euro 2016?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 


Rich's picture
Rich
23/06/2016 11:27
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Odavaz

Thanks for your message and welcome to Premier Skills English. After yesterday's match, Ronaldo now has 129 caps for Portugal.

You are right about the difference between the two sentences. Ronaldo hasn't finished his football career so we use the present perfect. David Beckham has retired so we use the past simple.

Are you enjoying Euro 2016?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 

AleksandarR
23/06/2016
ME
518
points

I think that R. Lukaku will score most goals at Euro 2016.


AleksandarR
23/06/2016 16:56
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

I think that R. Lukaku will score most goals at Euro 2016.

haydi's picture
haydi
23/06/2016
TN
3189
points

The word ‘a cap’ with this meaning: an international appearance for a sports team, is just a football use?
I see that the word means ‘a hat’, ‘a top’, ‘a hood’, ‘a bonnet’....


haydi's picture
haydi
23/06/2016 17:00
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

The word ‘a cap’ with this meaning: an international appearance for a sports team, is just a football use?
I see that the word means ‘a hat’, ‘a top’, ‘a hood’, ‘a bonnet’....

Rich's picture
Rich
24/06/2016
ES
2921
points

No, it's used in other sports, too. Rugby and cricket use the term 'cap' but I think it's a term that is used mainly in the UK. It's also a useful word as it has many different meanings.


Rich's picture
Rich
24/06/2016 09:52
Spain
Liverpool
2921

No, it's used in other sports, too. Rugby and cricket use the term 'cap' but I think it's a term that is used mainly in the UK. It's also a useful word as it has many different meanings.

haydi's picture
haydi
28/06/2016
TN
3189
points

Thank you Rich, I get, it’s also a new word for me.


haydi's picture
haydi
28/06/2016 19:36
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Thank you Rich, I get, it’s also a new word for me.

haydi's picture
haydi
23/06/2016
TN
3189
points

What’s the meaning of the word ‘tackle’ out of football? I can’t understand that meaning I found in some article titles, talking about stars and famous singers who tackle each other.


haydi's picture
haydi
23/06/2016 17:01
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

What’s the meaning of the word ‘tackle’ out of football? I can’t understand that meaning I found in some article titles, talking about stars and famous singers who tackle each other.

Rich's picture
Rich
24/06/2016
ES
2921
points

It means 'do something about' or 'deal with', so we can say: 'When is the government going to tackle climate change?'.


Rich's picture
Rich
24/06/2016 09:54
Spain
Liverpool
2921

It means 'do something about' or 'deal with', so we can say: 'When is the government going to tackle climate change?'.

haydi's picture
haydi
28/06/2016
TN
3189
points

Ok, thank you. I thought that it has a bad meaning in such a situation! Many word have many meanings, so it’s a bit hard to know the exactly sense.


haydi's picture
haydi
28/06/2016 19:39
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Ok, thank you. I thought that it has a bad meaning in such a situation! Many word have many meanings, so it’s a bit hard to know the exactly sense.

haydi's picture
haydi
23/06/2016
TN
3189
points

It’s ‘focusses’ with double ‘s’ or focuses, with one ‘s’?


haydi's picture
haydi
23/06/2016 17:01
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

It’s ‘focusses’ with double ‘s’ or focuses, with one ‘s’?

Rich's picture
Rich
24/06/2016
ES
2921
points

Both are correct. Focuses with one 's' tends to be used more in British English.


Rich's picture
Rich
24/06/2016 09:20
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Both are correct. Focuses with one 's' tends to be used more in British English.

haydi's picture
haydi
23/06/2016
TN
3189
points

In question 5 of exercise (present perfect 1), the response is :
5. Correct answer: There (be) has been lots of talk about the new midfielder at Arsenal.
Why it’s not: There (be) have been lots of talk about the new midfielder at Arsenal.
We use “lots of talk” here, so the subject is plural!!


haydi's picture
haydi
23/06/2016 17:02
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

In question 5 of exercise (present perfect 1), the response is :
5. Correct answer: There (be) has been lots of talk about the new midfielder at Arsenal.
Why it’s not: There (be) have been lots of talk about the new midfielder at Arsenal.
We use “lots of talk” here, so the subject is plural!!

Rema's picture
Rema
01/07/2016
RS
538
points

@haydi

I think that it(has) is because here is akcent on the new midfielder?


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Rema
01/07/2016 23:26
Serbia
West Ham United
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@haydi

I think that it(has) is because here is akcent on the new midfielder?

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haydi
23/06/2016
TN
3189
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Please Rich, Jack, the present perfect is so simple apparently, but I’m really confused about ‘since’.
The rule says: with “since”, we use an expression of ‘a time in the past’, like a year. Of course, we use the present perfect or the present perfect progressive with ‘since’.
For example: He “has been living” in London since “2011”. She “hasn’t spoken” to him since “that time”.
It’s ok here!

But, in my examples of last podcast, things become unclear.
1- [By the way Rich, there is a word that my English teacher (High school) used it to respond someone who tells him 'thank you'. I remember it but not sure. It's: 'not at all'. It's right?
The problem that I didn't hear it from anyone else, since those days!!!]
Here I must use “since”, but the action (verb ‘hear’) was finished in that moment when school year was achieved, and it’s since many years. For that I used the simple past: “I didn’t hear”!!
But according to rule, I must say: [I haven't heard it from anyone else, since those days.]

2 - [I’m really exhausted to pass all the evening writing. But I’m so happy, because, it’s since three months that I have wanted to write the rules about pronunciation of past regular verbs. I extracted them from a video.
Here, it’s so clear that the present progressive is the right tense, because I have tried many times to extract information from the video, but I haven’t done it, and it’s since three months that I have wanted to.
Here, the strange for me that I haven’t seen this form of verb ‘want’ before: “I have wanted”!

Help please!


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haydi
23/06/2016 17:05
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Please Rich, Jack, the present perfect is so simple apparently, but I’m really confused about ‘since’.
The rule says: with “since”, we use an expression of ‘a time in the past’, like a year. Of course, we use the present perfect or the present perfect progressive with ‘since’.
For example: He “has been living” in London since “2011”. She “hasn’t spoken” to him since “that time”.
It’s ok here!

But, in my examples of last podcast, things become unclear.
1- [By the way Rich, there is a word that my English teacher (High school) used it to respond someone who tells him 'thank you'. I remember it but not sure. It's: 'not at all'. It's right?
The problem that I didn't hear it from anyone else, since those days!!!]
Here I must use “since”, but the action (verb ‘hear’) was finished in that moment when school year was achieved, and it’s since many years. For that I used the simple past: “I didn’t hear”!!
But according to rule, I must say: [I haven't heard it from anyone else, since those days.]

2 - [I’m really exhausted to pass all the evening writing. But I’m so happy, because, it’s since three months that I have wanted to write the rules about pronunciation of past regular verbs. I extracted them from a video.
Here, it’s so clear that the present progressive is the right tense, because I have tried many times to extract information from the video, but I haven’t done it, and it’s since three months that I have wanted to.
Here, the strange for me that I haven’t seen this form of verb ‘want’ before: “I have wanted”!

Help please!

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Rich
24/06/2016
ES
2921
points

Hi Haydi,

First thing, you're memory is right. The expression 'not at all' is a polite reply we use after someone has thanked you.

1) The sentence that you use with 'hear' is in the negative form so we use the present perfect because you haven't heard this phrase since that time. 

2) I would write: 'I've been wanting to write the rules about pronunciation for months.'


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Rich
24/06/2016 09:49
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Haydi,

First thing, you're memory is right. The expression 'not at all' is a polite reply we use after someone has thanked you.

1) The sentence that you use with 'hear' is in the negative form so we use the present perfect because you haven't heard this phrase since that time. 

2) I would write: 'I've been wanting to write the rules about pronunciation for months.'

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haydi
28/06/2016
TN
3189
points

Ok, I understand the difference between ‘since’ and ‘for’. Here, the action “I have been wanting to write the rules” is done along the 3 months. The period of these 3 months is the important here, not the date of watching the video.


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haydi
28/06/2016 19:44
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Ok, I understand the difference between ‘since’ and ‘for’. Here, the action “I have been wanting to write the rules” is done along the 3 months. The period of these 3 months is the important here, not the date of watching the video.

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haydi
23/06/2016
TN
3189
points

- This week’s phrase is: “**** * ***** in the knockout stages”. So, France, Switzerland and Italy have all ****** their ****** in the knockout stage of the competition.


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haydi
23/06/2016 17:05
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

- This week’s phrase is: “**** * ***** in the knockout stages”. So, France, Switzerland and Italy have all ****** their ****** in the knockout stage of the competition.

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haydi
23/06/2016
TN
3189
points

For the popped ball and the Swiss player’s shirts ripped, we’re making a joke here in Tunisia. We have a market in Tunis which is famous for buying very cheap merchandises. They are ‘made in China’ of course, but not that range we find in ‘Primark’ stores in the UK. You have a good Chinese quality staff. In African countries, things are more miserable.
So, we mad a joke that Swiss players have bought their shirt from this local market, same for the ball.
Even big marks can produce imperfectly!


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haydi
23/06/2016 17:07
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

For the popped ball and the Swiss player’s shirts ripped, we’re making a joke here in Tunisia. We have a market in Tunis which is famous for buying very cheap merchandises. They are ‘made in China’ of course, but not that range we find in ‘Primark’ stores in the UK. You have a good Chinese quality staff. In African countries, things are more miserable.
So, we mad a joke that Swiss players have bought their shirt from this local market, same for the ball.
Even big marks can produce imperfectly!

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haydi
28/06/2016
TN
3189
points

it's selling not buying!! for selling very cheap merchandises.


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haydi
28/06/2016 19:45
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

it's selling not buying!! for selling very cheap merchandises.

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admin
28/06/2016
GB
7601
points

Hi Haydi - you could have meant that it's a famous place for buying cheap merchandise (uncountable). This probably isn't quite as nice as the form you used. 


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admin
28/06/2016 22:33
United Kingdom
Arsenal
7601

Hi Haydi - you could have meant that it's a famous place for buying cheap merchandise (uncountable). This probably isn't quite as nice as the form you used. 

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haydi
29/06/2016
TN
3189
points

I'm confused now! The market is famous for selling, because we find sellers and it's us the client who buy! so the market, sells not buy!!!


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haydi
29/06/2016 00:28
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

I'm confused now! The market is famous for selling, because we find sellers and it's us the client who buy! so the market, sells not buy!!!

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