Grammar in use: Present perfect + ever/never

Present Perfect in English Ever Never

Have you ever taken dance classes?

Welcome to Part 2 of the Present Perfect series!

Click here for Part 1 – learning how to make the Present Perfect.

Use the present perfect + ever to ask questions about experiences in someone’s life.

  • Have you ever taken dance classes?”
    “Yes, I have. I took 6 weeks of lessons before my wedding!”
  • “Has your brother ever been to India?”
    “No, he hasn’t.”
  • “Have your friends ever helped you move to a new apartment?”
    “Yes – twice!”

Don’t use ever in the answer. Only use it in questions.

If you want, you can use before in the answer:

  • Yes, I’ve ever taken dance classes.
    Yes, I’ve taken dance classes before.

Use the present perfect + never to talk about things you have NOT done at any time in your life.

  • I’ve never failed a test. I’ve always gotten 80% or more.
  • He’s never heard of Michael Jackson. I can’t believe he doesn’t know the King of Pop!
  • Samantha has never been surfing. She’s afraid of the ocean.
  • We’ve never studied Italian. We studied French and Spanish in school, but Italian wasn’t available.
  • They’ve never told a lie. I know we can trust them.

Conversation Tip:

Many conversations begin with a question in the present perfect, and then continue with more specific questions about the experience in the simple past:

  • “Have you ever taken dance classes?”
  • “Yes, I have. I took 6 weeks of lessons before my wedding last year.”
  • “Wow! So did you dance well on the big day?”
  • “No, I didn’t – I forgot everything I’d learned in the classes, and I stepped on my wife’s feet many times!”
  • “Oh no! Was she angry?”
  • “No – she said she still loved me!”

 

Present Perfect + ever / never

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Question 1
"Have you ever ___________ a bone?"
A
broke
B
broked
C
broken
Question 2
"Have you ever ____________ your anniversary?"
A
forgot
B
forgotten
C
forgetting
Question 3
"Have you ever __________ during a movie?"
A
cried
B
cryed
C
cry
Question 4
"Have you ever __________ asleep in class?"
A
fallen
B
fell
C
felt
Question 5
"Have you ever __________ an e-mail to the wrong person?"
A
send
B
sended
C
sent
Question 6
"Have you ever __________ in front of a large audience?"
A
speaked
B
spoken
C
speak
Question 7
"Have you ever __________ your cell phone?"
A
lose
B
lost
C
losen
Question 8
"Have you ever __________ about starting your own business?"
A
think
B
though
C
thought
Question 9
"Has he ever __________ a competition?"
A
win
B
won
C
worn
Question 10
"Have Anna and Paula ever __________ to Australia?"
A
been
B
went
C
go
Question 11
"Has your mother ever __________ you do your homework before you could watch TV?"
A
made
B
make
C
maken
Question 12
"Has Jared ever __________ abroad?"
A
work
B
worked
C
worken
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