Meaning of “the present perfect” in the English Dictionary

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"the present perfect" in British English

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the present perfectnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌprez.ənt ˈpɜː.fekt/ us /ˌprez.ənt ˈpɝː.fekt/

the form of the verb used for actions or events that have been completed or have happened in a period of time up to now:

The sentences "She has talked to her doctor about the problem" and "I have never been to Australia" are all in the present perfect.

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  • 'I have seen it' is an example of the present perfect.
  • The sentence 'I have told him' is in the present perfect tense.

(Definition of “the present perfect” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"present perfect" in American English

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present perfectnoun [ U ]

us /ˈprez·ənt ˈpɜr·fɪkt/

grammar the tense you use to talk about actions or events that happen in both the past and the present:

The sentence "She has broken her leg" is in the present perfect.

(Definition of “present perfect” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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