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Perfect is the name given to those forms of the verb constructed with HAVE and the Past participle (Third form) of the verb. These forms are often known as tenses, though many modern writers prefer to consider them as aspects; The four perfect aspect forms, with examples, are:

1. The Present Perfect: I have worked, you have gone

2. The Present Perfect Progressive (or: Present Perfect Continuous): he has been working, they have been living

3. The Past Perfect: we had worked, I had spoken

4. The Past Perfect Progressive (or: Past Perfect Continuous): I had been working , He had been living.

Some writers call #1 the Present Perfect Simple and #3 the Past Perfect Simple, but most prefer to use 'Simple' only for tenses that are both non-progressive and non-perfect, i.e the Present Simple and Past Simple.


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