For and Since – Present perfect and Past simple
There’s one mistake that students of English keep repeating that’s connected with the use of two most confusing tenses – Present Perfect and Past Simple.
Take a look at these statements.
I’ve worked here for 3 years.
I worked there for 3 years.
Do you know why we use “I’ve worked” in the first sentence, and “I worked” in the second? If you do, read no more.
If you don’t, don’t worry. It’s easy to clarify. Watch a short video and practice with the exercises below.
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A quiz to practice the use of Present perfect and Past Simple
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Fill in the gaps in the phrases with “for” or “since”.
- (for) a long time
- (since) my last birthday
- (for) ages
- (since) I last saw her
- (for) half an hour
- (since) Wednesday
- (for) a few hours
- (since) yesterday
- (since) we were children
- (for) six weeks
- (for) years
- (since) two o'clock
Use the verb in the correct tense (Present perfect or Past simple)
- Sam (has been) (be) a teacher for 7 years. He loves his job.
- Jim (was) (be) a teacher for 10 years. Now he is a salesman.
- Tom? Yes, I know him. I (have known) (know) him since college.
- Kate (has been) (be) in this class for three months. Her English is getting better and better.
- Mrs. Johnson (wa)s (be) in our class for three months, but then she left school to get a job.
- Since classes began, I (have not had) (have not) free time. My classes keep me really busy.
- - Do you remember Chris? - I think I do. I (knew) (know) him when we were in college together.
- I know you quit your job on the radio. How long (did you work) (work) there?
- I've seen you in Spanish class. Haw long (have you studied, have you been studying) (study) Spanish?
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