The present perfect simple expresses an action that is still going on or that stopped recently, but has an influence on the present. It puts emphasis on the result.
We use the present perfect simple to talk about our experiences up to now. The time of the experiences is not important: [talking about musical theatre productions]
And I’ve seen ‘Buddy’ and I’ve seen ‘Starlight Express’ in London. And I want to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ next.
We’re going to Wagamama’s for dinner tonight. I’ve been there a couple of times before.
Although we do not give a specific time, we often use general time expressions like ever, never, before, in my life, so far, up until now with this use of the present perfect simple:
We haven’t met before, have we?
They’ve sold 110 so far. (so far = from a point in the past up until now)
We often use ever, not … ever and never when we talk about experiences:
It was the worst performance we have ever seen.
Have you ever tried to write your name and address with your left hand?
She’s never said sorry for what she did.
We often use the present perfect simple for a unique experience when we are using a superlative:
I felt the happiest I have ever felt. My first Olympic final; the bronze medal; European record of 9.97 seconds.
The dome of the Blue Mosque at Isfahan is the most beautiful building I have ever seen.
It was the best decision I have ever made in my life.
It’s the worst sports programme I have ever seen and the first I have ever turned off.
We usually use the present perfect simple with the first time when we’re talking about an immediate, continuing or recent event:
That’s the first time I’ve seen you get angry.
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