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Fourteen songs to practice present perfect

The present perfect isn`t an easy verb tense to learn and for Spanish speaking students, it doesn`t translate exactly, so all the more reason why it`s challenging. What a great idea to practice the verb tense with songs. Which song is your favorite?

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U2 in 1980. Shown from left to right: Clayton,... U2 in 1980. Shown from left to right: Clayton, Mullen, Bono, The Edge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have climbed the highest mountain, I have run through the fields, but I still haven’t found…fourteen perfect songs to practice present perfect.  Well, here are a variety of songs in present perfect, in every genre from pop to classic rock to rhythm and blues to ska.  Vote on one to watch with the class, or watch them all. Don’t forget to tell us which was your favorite in the poll below.

1. U2 “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”
This 1987 song by the Irish rock band U2 is popular in English classes learning the present perfect tense. How many of these things have you done?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY75dw64sqI

Read the lyrics to I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For here.
Present perfect activity for English students complete with printable…

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2 thoughts on “Fourteen songs to practice present perfect

  1. Brother Ian on said:

    You know I always love U2 References 😉

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