Eat Sleep Dreamers if you want to know how
this famous London landmark can help you learn English grammar, stay tuned. So welcome guys, I’m here in London on the Millennium bridge which was built in the year 2000. Now how
does this bridge help you learn English grammar? I’m going to explain that right now. Today
we’re looking at the present perfect and we’re going to look at the basics. The things you
need to know to use the present perfect correctly because it causes a lot of people problems.
So the main thing we need to know about the present perfect is that it links the past
to the present. That’s how we use it. That’s where the Millennium bridge comes in. On the
north side of the river Thames we have St Paul’s Cathedral, built in the 1600s. A long
time in the past, right? So St Paul’s Cathedral is the past. Now I’m going to walk along theMillennium bridge and see what’s on the other side. I’m now on the south side of the river Thames and right by Tate Modern. As the name suggests Tate Modern is a modern art gallery,
opened in the year 2000. So to me it represents what’s happening in London right now. St Paul’s
cathedral that’s the past, this is the present. And what links the two? The Millennium bridge.
So you can see why the Millennium bridge is the present perfect. If the present perfect
tense links the past to the present so does the Millennium bridge. The past St Paul’s
Cathedral to the present Tate Modern. I got that tip from a very wise teacher who I used
to work with called Jo Greenyer. Genius stuff. Now let’s put the present perfect into some
example sentences to show you that balance between the past and the present and how it
links he two together. So how do we form the present perfect? Let’s have a look. The structure
of the present perfect is have or has plus the past participle. That’s the third verb.
So for example eat, ate, eaten, eaten is the one we want. Or sing , sang, sung, sung is
the verb that we want so it’s the past participle. In the negative we use have or has and then
not and then the past participle. Often we contract the negative so it’s haven’t or hasn’t.
You can also use never so ‘I have never been to Italy, Or ‘She has never gone to Sweden’
for example. So the negative can be formed in two different ways. Question forms we put
the auxiliary at the beginning so it’s have then the subject and then the past participle.
So ‘Have you ever been to China?’ That’s how we form the question. The answer to the question
would be yes, I have or No, I haven’t. One of the most common uses of the present perfect
is to talk about our life experiences and to link the past with the present . So for
example ‘I’ve lived in Spain, Argentina and Hong Kong.’ I’m using the present perfect
there I have lived, ok? I have lived and those situations all happened in the past, they
are part of my life experience and possibly I might go on to live in other countries.
So they are past experiences that are still true now, it’s still true now that I have
had these experiences. The time period we are looking at here, my whole life. My entire
life. One thing that’s important to know about the present perfect is we usually don’t say
the time. We don’t mention when something happened. The experience could have happened
at any time. So in that sentence ‘I’ve lived in Spain, Argentina and Hong Kong.’ I don’t
tell you when. The idea that it’s in my life at some point but that’s important to know.
Now I’m going to do another lesson on this because I think this s really important for
you guys to know and understand. Because it covers so many useful topics of conversation.
Talking about our life experiences, finding out more information about those that’s really
natural. You do it so often in your day to day life.And of course there are lots of other
ways that we can use the present perfect and I will be doing more videos related to it
so if you would like to see another present perfect video about how we use it in different
ways then hit the like button, hit the subscribe button, hit the notification bell and tell
me in the comments below. ‘Tom I want another present perfect lesson’ and I will make one
for you. Guys I hope you enjoyed that lesson, I hope found useful linking the Millennium
bridge to the present perfect. Having that visual reminder of what the present perfect
is for. When Jo told me about that idea, I loved it straight away and I have told all
my students about it ever since just to help them to kind of visualise the concept of the
present perfect. Alright guys thank you so much for hanging out with me. Remember I’ve
got new videos every Tuesday and every Friday helping you take your English to the next
level. But until next time, this is Tom, the Chief Dreamer, saying goodbye.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. WOOOWWWWW I AM MESMERIZED! I just loved the metaphor of the Millennium Bridge for the present perfect. AWW

  2. Perfectly done… as usual 👌👍👍👍Greetings from Kazakhstan… I miss London… Your videos are so nostalgic.. Thanks a lot!!!

  3. Thanks Tom for this video. It was really helpful and yes, I really want another video of this lesson….

  4. Tom, could you please do a video on football language or one inside a stadium when the premier league kicks off? That'd be sick!

  5. Great video Tom, thank you !
    The explanation is great. To have an other video about grammar would be wonderful

  6. If I were in London looking the bridge I could say "Look. There is a bridge ppl are gathering on. I like the concept of linking past and present. The architect has built a wonderful bridge! When was it built?" Am I right?

  7. I want another present perfect lession. And by the way.. I'm using the same grammar book for studying english

  8. "I've never seen" a explanation like that!!! Awesome! I want more lessons about present perfect!!!! Thank you!!! Greetings from Portugal!!!

  9. I've been to London several times, I'm in love with that city and I really want more lessons about present perfect. Thank you so much Tom!!

  10. Thank you so much Teacher! All very clear, as always after all, and logical I'd say. My big problem is to make the right choice, between Present Perfect and Past Simple, instinctively: I'm sure I'm wrong most of the time. However, the "worst" verbal conjugation for me (why only me? 😡) remains the Present Perfect Continuos: when I hear or see it in a sentence I have a "mental block" 😑 and I wonder: why are YOU (Present Perfect Continuos) there? 😕😣
    P.S: The Millennium Bridge is very beautiful: I haven't seen it! How did I miss it? I definitely have to go back to your amazing city…… it's huge and there are still too many things I have to see there. (Did you think to escape my post scriptum? But no….sorry 😳)

  11. What an amazing video lesson! Please, do more videos like that! Also I'd like to have more lessons about past perfect, because I'm not always sure If I'm using It when It should be used.
    Thanks a bunch! 😃

  12. Thanks Tom you are an impressive English teacher👍 Please make an other lesson about present perfect. Thanks a million.

  13. I agree with all the Eat sleep dreamers who want an other present perfect lesson, thanks a lot for the stroll.

  14. Hey guys, two things. Firstly there's a little mistake at 3.17. It should be 'Have/Has + subject + Past Participle…?' Secondly if you would like to help your fellow Eat Sleep Dreamers, you can translate this video into your own language –

  15. I used to teach Korean children English grammar, and it was sometimes difficult to explain certain grammar rules. Your videos make things easier to understand, are presented in a manner that is both practical and entertaining, and serve as a very useful teaching tool for those who need to learn English Grammar . Thank you so much.

  16. I want to know how different between "make somone do" and "let someone do". Is it almost same?
    Ps. I liked your intro especially filming from Tate modern❤

  17. Present simple: Please, never eat sleep dreamers!
    Past simple: I ate some sleep dreamers yesterday.
    Present perfect: I've never eaten sleep dreamers.

  18. Thank you very much teacher. I like your concept to explain the present perfect tense and i have already hit every buttons that you said.😊

  19. Yes, Tom, I'd like part two for this superb video about Present Perfect. Please, make it as soon as possible

  20. Tom, please, another present perfect lesson. You did great in this video btw very entertaining and educational, do another one. I've been living in US of A for over 10 years, but I completely love the British accent, and of course, to hear you teaching a lesson in British English is very cool because od your accent. Keep going mate.

  21. what's up Tom
    what a superb stuff dude 👍 ☺
    one of the best ever, if it's not the best, lessons about the present perfect. Simple and easy with a clear and practical example.

    kindly make more videos about the present perfect.

    thanks in advance,

  22. Thanks Tom, definitely one of the most confusing points in English Grammar! Could you do also a video on the present perfect continuous in comparison with the past simple and the present perfect? I don't get when I'd have to use the present perfect continuous instead of the present perfect….

  23. Is it strange that I really enjoy teaching the present perfect?! I love talking about life experiences and listening to my students share theirs 🙂

  24. Tom, i have a question 'She has never gone to italy' and 'she has never been to Italy' what's the difference here? Great video btw, looking forward to the next!!

  25. Tom, I have a request if I may. A presentation for all 12 tenses, structure, use, contractions. And the contractions for e.x. the book of mike= mike's book (singular and plural) etc. Thank you, Aldo

  26. I'm sorry to bother you, but if you don't mind, could you make more lessons on present perfect and others tenses. That would be really helpfull.(subscriber)
    P.S. As you can see, I have seen that lesson about polite talking, and it really helped me. Thank you.

  27. Very nice how you use things and places around you to teach. Because actually language is all around us and this realisation makes it more comfortable to learners ~ Thank you for this video!

  28. If the time is specified, it'd be past simple. In Dutch, however time can be specified in present perfect. Just thought you'd be interested in this little fun fact. I'm not Dutch

  29. I like this visual grammar structure… But I keep thinking there's acid attack when in a busy crowd. Can you talk about acid attack in your future video? 🤯<– acid melting brain out!!! 😱

  30. I know this is out of topic but Imma say it anyway.
    I just moved to italy and is learning italian rn along with other subjects ofc. and I on an english class I noticed a lot of difference between the british english taught here and the american english that we use in our country. Specially when italian sentences are translated they are more likely to have exact translations. So know I'm thinking about resetting my english and start it all off from the start and your channel will be such a good teacher.

  31. please speak like in the first half part of the video. its the natural speed right?
    that would be great for listning.
    you usually speak a little bit too slowly in your videos

  32. I have a question for anyone thats british.

    Why do you pronounce aluminum like “Ale-loo-min-ee-um” which is like adding another i after the n. Why not pronounce it like its spelled?

  33. Yes yes yes we wAnt another present perfect tense lesson… u explained it interestingl so far on YouTube.

  34. What is the difference between "have gone" and "have been"? i think we use "have gone" when you're at the place you speak about(i have gone to Italy,so now i'm in Italy) and "have been" when you have visited this place and now you're back,am i right?

  35. Hey Tom it's Kerry here… you're doing really good. Your lesson was good but I need some more explanation with examples. I'm bad in grammar.

  36. First time i clicked the bell icon for any channel ever. even i have subscribed to more than 250 channels but you're the first man.
    Love from Pakistan.

  37. thanks I'm from algeria I love learn english from me it 's from english so duficlt but I try, you speak not slowly

  38. Thanks, I'm binge-eating your videos 😀 I'd really like to see one more of them about the Present Perfect Continous and then a third one that links the two and explain their differences. Ps. I've the same grammar, I bought it when I've been in Dublin (or I had been? I've just started to study the Past Perfect). Many thanks again from Italy

  39. Thank you tom I hope to watch more grammer lessons in your channel I enjoyed your way in explanation it is extremly helpful because I feel boring when I watch an English grammer videos.

  40. I like your videos although you speak fast. I love that you show some part of London and not just make your videos in a room. I'd like more examples, more sentences to be more clear the grammar. Thanks for this great video.

  41. I’m English but to be honest this English video is very stupid I have been a teacher for almost 14 years and I have known many ways to help a student but this kind of way to show Vlogs it’s to confusing speak slowly and try to make your self even understand so you can get with the flow

  42. Wooooow! Great mental image to remind sts the use of the present perfect 👏👏😃 I'm going to use it next time I teach grammar 😁 Thank you!!

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