Present Perfect Tense – Positive form

Present Perfect tense is used to describe experiences and talk about events of an unespecified past.


Present Perfect Tense – Positive form

Etymological origins of Canada

Instructions: Read the text. Look at the words in bold.

While a variety of theories have been postulated for the etymological origins of Canada, the name is now accepted as comming from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word Kanata, meaning “village” or “settlement”. In 1535, indigenous inhabitants of the present-day Quebec City region used the word to direct French explorer Jacques Cartier to the village of Stadacona. Cartier later used the word Canada to refert not only to that particular village, but the entire area subject to Donnacona (the chief at Stadacona). By 1545, European books and maps had begun referring to this small region along the St. Lawrence Rives as Canada.

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Getting started: Name of Canada

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From the 16th to the early 18th century “Canada” referred to the part of New France that lay along the St. Lawrence River. In 1791, the area became two British colonies called Upper Canada and Lower Canada collectively named The Canadas, until their union as the British Province of Canada in 1841. Upon Confederation in 1867, Canada was adopted as the legal name for the new country, and the word Dominion was conferred as the country’s title. The transition away from the use of Dominion was formally reflected in 1982 with the passage of the Canada Act, which refers only to Canada. Later that year, the name of national holiday was changed from Dominion Day to Canada Day. The term Dominion is also used to distinguish the federal government from the provinces, though after the Second World War the term federal had replaced dominion.

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Instructions: Choose T (true) or F(false) for each statement.

Canada has been the legal name of the country since 1867.

National holiday has been Dominion Day since 1982.

The term “federal” has replaced “dominion” since the end of World War II.

Let’s study the Present Perfect Tense in the Positive form.

Instructions: Read about the Present Perfect Tense in the positive form

We use the Present Perfect to:

  1. Express that an action happened at an unspecified time before now. Example:

    I have read Milton’s Paradise Lost.

  2. Describe experiences. Example:

    I have gone to Japan.

  3. Talk about changes that have happened over a period of time. Example:

    The government has become worse than ever.

Look at the word order in the positive form:

SubjectAuxiliary Have or Has Verb in Past ParticipleComplement
IhavestudiedHigh school for two years.
Janehasworkedin a bank since last year.
Davidhasboughta huge screen.
The boyshavegoneto England many times.



  • We use the auxiliary Have for I, we, you, they.
  • We use the auxiliary Has for he, she, it.


A multicultural country

Instructions: Make positive sentences with the following words:

for a long timehave studiedCanadian historyI
it was createda multicultural countryCanadasincehas been
for yearshave studiedMany historiansCanada
Canadian peopletheir First Nationhave always calledaboriginal people
since Canadahas beenit was created a good place to live


More about Canada

Instructions: Use Have or Has, the correct form of the verb, and the following prompts to write Present Perfect sentences in the positive form.

  1. I / read / a lot about Canada’s First Nation. .
  2. Canadian aboriginal people / survive / throughout the years. .
  3. Canada / have / a relevant place in the Commonwealth of Nations for years. .
  4. Canadian government / always take / care of all the people in their territory. .
  5. Canada’s judiciary / play / an important role in interpreting laws. .
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Canada’s foreign policy

Instructions: Correct the mistakes.

  1. Canada have been recognized as a middle power for its role in international affairs. .
  2. Canadian government has show a tendency to pursue multilateral solutions. .
  3. Canada's foreign policy have been based on international peacekeeping and security. .
  4. Canada's peacekeeping role during the 20th century has play a major role in its global image. .
  5. The strategy of the Canadian foreign aid policy has emphasize human rights. .
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