I've been .....
By Terry Fredrickson
shoppingI had a number of things to do on my last day of my home live in Minnesota. You can see one of my activities in this video. Notice, that I began by using the present perfect to make a general statement about the activity. The reason I did that was that I had just finished what I was doing and you could still see the results of what I did. After that, I used the past tense to describe each of the parts of the activity.
1. Watch the video and finish this sentence: I've been ......
2. What verb did I use to describe the four things I did during this activity?
3. What four things did I show in the video?
1. I've been shopping
2. bought (past of buy)
3. DVDs for my son, two pairs of jeans for my wife, a game and video editing software.
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