Introduction to the Present Perfect

Form, construction and strategy for learning this tense

Here’s a revised version of my introduction to the Present Perfect.

I deal with the meaning of the name. The complexity of tense added the fact that is both to similar to and rather different from the Passato Prossimo in Italian mean that it needs careful study. I think that the right strategy is to split the meaning into three distinct areas, each of which–when treated individually–is both easier to grasp and to relate to Italian.


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Peter Brook at the Teatro Valle Occupato

A great British director in Rome


Peter Brook is one the great theatre directors of the twentieth century. His 1970 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream made theatre history.

On Friday April 12 at 8pm the Teatro Valle Occupato is screening 'The Tightrope', a documentary about Brook by his son, Simon Brook. The film will be followed by a public debate with Peter Brook.

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