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  1. present perfect, present perfect tense(noun)

    a perfective tense used to express action completed in the present

    "`I have finished' is an example of the present perfect"


  1. Present perfect

    The present perfect is a grammatical combination of the present tense and the perfect aspect, used to express a past event that has present consequences. The term is used particularly in the context of English grammar, where it refers to forms such as "I have left" and "Sue has died". These forms are present because they use the present tense of the auxiliary verb have, and perfect because they use that auxiliary in combination with the past participle of the main verb. Analogous forms are found in some other languages, and these may also be described as present perfects, although they often have other names, such as the German Perfekt, the French passé composé and the Italian passato prossimo. They may also have different ranges of usage – for example, in all three of the languages just mentioned, the forms in question serve as a general past tense, at least for completed actions. In English, completed actions in many contexts are referred to using the simple past verb form rather than the present perfect. English also has a present perfect continuous form, which combines present tense with both perfect aspect and continuous aspect: "I have been eating".


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