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Ever, never, just, already, yet in Present Perfect.

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Ever, never, just, already, yet in Present Perfect.

As we’ve already established, Present Perfect performs as a link the present and the past and we use it when we talk about our experience. In this case, we quite often add adverbs ever or never.
They both refer to an unspecified time until now and always placed before the past participle.

 

Ever is used

  • In questions:

Have you ever been to London before?
Have you ever tried Thai food?

  • In negative forms:

Haven’t you ever wanted to travel around the world?
Hasn’t she ever watched the Harry Potter movies?

  • When we talk about first time experience:

That’s the first time I’ve ever been to a live gig.
It’s the first time I’ve ever tried yoga.

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Never is used

  • In affirmation sentences with negative meaning:

She’s never been on a diet.
I’ve never watched Games of Thrones.

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Just is used when we talk about the actions which happened in the very recent past. We place it before the past participle.

Have you finished your essay? – Yes, I’ve literally just finished so we can go now.
Where is Holly? You’ve just missed her. She has left a minute ago.

Already is used to talk the actions which have happened earlier or before you expected. We place it before the past participle or at the end of the sentence.

Don’t forget to book the tickets for the cinema. – I’ve already booked them.
What time is Alice coming? – She’s arrived already.
How is your assignment? – I’ve already done half.

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Yet is used to talk about something that is expected to happen and means “until now”. We usually place at the end of the sentence.

Yet is used

  • In questions:
    Have you finished your essay yet? – No, not yet. I’m still working on it.
  • In negative forms:
    I haven’t told her yet, but I’m meeting her later today so I will have a chance.