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the present perfect

noun   /ˈprez·ənt ˈpər.fɪkt/
in grammar, the form of a verb that is used to show things that have happened in a period of time up to now. The sentence “I have never been to Canada”is in the present perfect.
(Definition of the present perfect from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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