The Present Perfect

The Present Perfect is a present tense

The present perfect is a present tense used to refer to events occurring in the past that still have a direct impact on the present. This tense is unique to English and cannot be translated into Portuguese. It is formed using the present tense of the verb have/has + the Past Participle (VERB+ed or Irregular forms). The following text exemplifies its use: The Lula and Dilma governments have overseen the most sustained economic growth in Brazil in recent years. Democracy has been consolidated and some progress has been made in alleviating social inequality. Although there have been serious political scandals, the rule of law has been extended internally and Brazil's stature on the international stage has grown.

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