A2 English Lesson – Present Perfect Tense – My Family

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Present Perfect Tense – My Family – A2 Lower Intermediate EFL lesson

Lesson goals: At the end of this lesson, students/ learners will be able to understand how to form and use the Present Perfect tense. They will be able to talk about things that have happened in their lives. They will also acquire key English vocabulary about family members and relationships suitable for this level.

Target English Grammar: The Present Perfect Tense

Target Vocabulary: Family and relationships


1. Listen to Lisa’s story and fill in the blanks.

Note! There is no audio available for this lesson. The teacher reads the text which is available in the Key file.

My _____________________ got married when they were _____________________ . They have lived _____________________ for more than 42 _____________________ now. When my _____________________ was 21, she had a _____________________ , my uncle. My uncle is _____________________ , too. He has been married to my _____________________ for 10 years.

2. Answer the questions in full sentences:

Examples: How long have your parents been married? – They/My parents have been married for 20 years.

When did Lisa’s grandparents marry?


How long have they lived together?


How old was Lisa’s grandma when she had a son?


Is Lisa’s uncle married?



1. How to form the Present Perfect Tense:

The Present Perfect Tense is formed by using the past participle form of the verb.

past participle = 3rd form of the verb (know – knew – known)

Positive Statements

I, you, we, they + have + past participle

he, she, it + has + past participle

Example: I have lived in Tokyo for seven years.

Negative Statements

I, you, we, they + have not/haven’t + past participle

he, she, it + has not/ hasn’t + past participle

Example: I have not lived in Tokyo for seven years.

Positive questions

Have + (I, you, we, they) + past participle?

Has + (he, she, it) + past participle?

Example: Have you lived in Japan?

2. When to use Present Perfect Tense:

We use the Present Perfect Tense to talk about things that happened in the past, but we can still see the result now.

Example: My grandparents have lived together for 42 years. *They still live together now.


1. Make the verb in brackets Present Perfect Tense.

  1. Tony’s girlfriend (to work) _______________________ for the same company since 2010.
  2. My brother (to visit) _______________________ New York three times.
  3. My aunt (to be) _______________________ a teacher for 12 years now.
  4. My neighbor (to be) _______________________single for 1 year.

2. Make questions from the sentences.

David’s sisters have lived there for 3 years.


My cousin has seen this movie before.


Sally has always ridden her bike to work.


They have always had a cat.



1. Interview 2 people. Ask each of them 5 questions about their grandparents.