Present Perfect in Spanish : Talk About Experiences

How To Use The Present Perfect In Spanish

One of the ways you can use the present perfect in Spanish is by talking about things you have done.  Boasting about what you have done, where you have been, and what you have seen or eaten are all ways of using the present perfect.  You can also go the other way by thinking about things that you haven’t done…yet!

Have you ever meet a person that knows it all or thinks that they are perfect.  Well, as annoying as they might be they are a great example of how to use the present perfect.  So in this video, we are going to look at the present perfect in Spanish through this type of person and how they speak.  Why?  Present perfect in Espanol is used to talk about something that has happened in the past and is still happening right now. Some examples of what we are talking about would be…

I have been to Italy.
They have worked there.
We have eaten there.

Now those examples could leave you scratching your head.  How are these things that happened in the past still happening right now?   Well, this is the confusion of grammar.  One could think that because you are telling about the past experience, that the “happening now” part is as it is being told again in the present.  Grammar is confusing…

What is more important is how to use it.  So to use the present perfect in Spanish you will need two things. The first is the auxiliary verb and the second is the verb ending in “ado” or “ido”.

With these two things, you will be able to make the present perfect. Now let’s take a look at an example.

Comer comida china

He comido comida china. (I have eaten Chinese food)

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