RUE Episode 83: Present Perfect Verbs

Welcome to Episode 83 of Ramping Up your English. Learn how to form and use the Present Perfect tense of verbs to describe actions that started in the past and continue into the present, or repeated actions, events, and situations. You’ll also learn more about the Clovis Culture, once believed to have been the oldest human culture in North America.

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Segment 2 features Professor Roberto Valdez presenting about the Clovis culture. To see his lecture – the essence of Segment 2 – click here.

Segment 3

Language Objectives

This episode is all about relating past events, actions, and situations that continue into the present. For this language function, we use the Present Perfect tense of verbs. Despite the name of this verb tense, it functions perfectly for actions, events, and situations that began occuring in the past.

Relate past events, actions and situations that continue into the present, using the Present Perfect verb tense.

Use Present Perfect verbs to relate actions, events, and situations that occur repeatedly.

Academic Content Objectives

Social Studies: Define basic terms in the study of Native Americans. Describe the characteristics of the Clovis People that identify this early culture. Describe the mega fauna that once supported early American groups, like the Clovis Culture.

Archeology: Describe the physical discoveries near Clovis, New Mexico that gave rise to the naming of the Clovis Culture. Explain how these objects informed researchers about the lives of these early Americans. Name some archeological evidence that challenges the theory that the Clovis people were the first humans to inhabit North and South America.

Science: Ecology: Describe the prevailing ecology of today’s New Mexico area at the time of the Clovis Culture. Explain how changes in climate and the environment led to the “disappearance” of the Clovis Culture.

Videos used in this Episode

Only one video appeared in this episode. It’s the lesson from Roberto Valdez about the Clovis Culture. Click here to watch his entire lecture.

Linked Videos

Here are some videos on You Tube that address early Americans.

This video documents a find of chert Clovis Points discovered in Wyoming. Click here to view the short video.

Another interesting video explores a mastodon rib with a projectile point embedded in it. The point is made of the bone of another mastodon, and dates back 13,800 years ago – over 1000 years before the Clovis Point. Click here to see the video.

Learning Materials

We can learn a great deal about early Americans in this episode: however, our main focus is on understanding and sharing information about the past, using the Present Perfect verb tense. Below are the materials we used in teaching how to use this verb tense to relate events, actions, and situations in the past that continue into the present to which occur repeatedly.

Since we’ll be using participles with helping verbs, we do a quick review of our earlier lesson of the Past Perfect tense.
Here are some examples of the Past Perfect tense – used in sentences to relate past events in relation to other past events.
Here are more examples for our review of Past Perfect verb tense.
Here are the rules for the Present Perfect verb tense. The helping verb is either have or has, and it’s used to relate past events that continue into the present. This includes an example.
Here are other examples, using the helping verb “have” plus the past participle of the main verb. Notice that the participle is the same as the simple past tense in the first and third sentences; however, the second sentence has an irregular participle Find/found.
Here are three more examples of using the Present Perfect Tense to relate events in the past that continue. The third example is a bit different. It relates actions that repeat.
Here are some terms we encounter as terms that are basic to our unit on Native Americans.
This explains how some of these terms came to be part of English vocabulary.
This term is widely used to describe people who have lived a great deal of time in a place.

List of Past Participles.

In one previous episode, we listed Past Participles to be used when relating past events in relation to other past events – the Past Perfect tense. Click here to go to the Episode 81 page that lists those participles. They are near the end of the page.

Next Episode

The Folsum Culture produced hunting tools drastically different from the Clovis people. Learn about the Folsom Culture and verb modifiers called adverbs in Episode 84. Click here to visit the Episode 84 page.