Present perfect tense

Irregular verbs mind map
Irregular verbs mind map

To learn this difficult tense you first have to learn the past participles. Regular verbs just add the ending -ed but you have to memorise the irregular ones. Here is a mind map which might help you memorise the irregular verbs first


Once you think you know the irregular verb time to practise them. Try these two wonderful games called Teacher Invaders and Half a minute.

To play the games, click on the download link, open the document in Adobe Reader and you can play. (The game will not play if you open the document in Google Chrome or a pdf reader which was not produced by Adobe).

Now that you really know the past participles you can start learning the present perfect tense. Click the link below and it will take you to a set of activities for learning the present perfect tense.

Brighton in the rain

You can find free graded readers for learners of English at

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  1. Karen Patinella
    Awesome visual!!! I can use this for the present perfect in German as well. Thanks for sharing this great idea.
    15/11/2013 at 8:23 pm
  2. Aladdin Ahmad
    excellent ....very simple
    16/11/2013 at 10:17 am
  3. Alena Strašíková
    Interesting, but the students HAVE TO learn them , takže márna lásky snaha.
    16/11/2013 at 10:47 am
  4. Britain InGladland
    Very interesting and creative.
    16/11/2013 at 10:59 am
  5. Extremely helpful visual. Thanks for sharing!
    16/11/2013 at 11:03 am
  6. Julia
    I think that happened a mistake on the image.. To fall(cair) Present = fall Past = fell Past Participle = fallen To feel(sentir) Present = feel Past = felt Past Participle = felt AND NOT Present = fell(caí) Past = felt(senti) Past Participle = felt(senti)??????????????????
    16/11/2013 at 11:05 am
  7. chabaa
    good for me
    16/11/2013 at 11:22 am
  8. mounir
    16/11/2013 at 11:28 am
  9. Mohammadreza Aminpour
    16/11/2013 at 11:32 am
  10. ftooh trtory
    thanks nice one.... easy to remember
    16/11/2013 at 12:17 pm
  11. Zdenda
    Thank you. One little typo and what a mess it makes. :-)
    16/11/2013 at 12:58 pm
  12. Zdenda
    Should be correct now! Thank you.
    16/11/2013 at 1:08 pm
  13. Dhanaraj Subramaniam
    How easy understand the English
    16/11/2013 at 1:33 pm
  14. Emine BALTA
    I'm sure it will help my students to get it more easily.Thank you very much!..
    16/11/2013 at 2:10 pm
  15. Ahmad
    irregular verbs confusing every one thanks
    16/11/2013 at 7:14 pm
  16. Ahmad
    please telll us preposition or conjuction
    16/11/2013 at 7:14 pm
  17. keivanradbod
    It has made these lessons,more simple.,mer3
    16/11/2013 at 10:33 pm
  18. thank you so much for wonderfull things
    21/11/2013 at 6:09 pm
  19. I'm so happy to learned English fom you its very well for me thank you a lot
    21/11/2013 at 6:11 pm
  20. jean
    How do you play invaderspl?
    07/12/2013 at 2:38 pm
  21. Zdenda
    Use your mouse. If you click you fire. After a while you have to write the past participle of the verb given.
    07/12/2013 at 4:36 pm
  22. Great info. Lucky mе I гecently found your site bу chance (stumbleupon). Ι've saved іt foг later!
    06/01/2014 at 7:28 pm
  23. louisa
    Very useful but games don't open with me .
    09/01/2014 at 1:35 am
  24. Zdenda
    You need to have Flash installed to play the games.
    09/01/2014 at 10:17 am
  25. cabqui
    That´s very useful,the mind maps and the games...Thanks a lot...
    30/05/2014 at 1:02 pm
  26. Zdenda
    I am glad you find all the grammar materials useful.
    30/05/2014 at 1:20 pm
  27. Reda
    Extremely useful!
    01/08/2016 at 1:31 pm

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