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Grammar: present perfect

Have you ever...?

whale
Photo by Thomas Peters


Have you ever
seen a whale up close?


Yes, I have. I went on a whale watch last summer and saw the huge whale in this photo.

twins
Photo by Thomas Peters


Have you ever met twins?

Yes, I have. I met twin girls from China in my English class last year.




Using "ever" with the present perfect
To refer to a time before the present time use the word ever with the present perfect tense. It is often used in questions to find out if someone has done something before this moment.

  • Have you ever climbed a mountain?
  • Have you ever sailed across an ocean?
  • Have you ever cheated on an exam?
  • Have you ever eaten feijoada (a typical Brazilian food)?
  • Have you ever eaten kim-chi (a typical Korean food)?
  • Have you ever won a competition?
  • Have you even been in trouble?
  • Have you even gotten a tattoo?
  • Have you ever played hopscotch?
  • Have you ever studied in another country?

Short answers

  • Affirmitive: Yes, I have.
  • Negative: No, I haven't / No, I never have.

Why not share your experiences with our readers?

Have you ever done anything adventurous?
Have you ever had a funny or interesting experience?
Have you ever done anything stupid?

If so, write to us about your experience. We would like to publish your story.

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