Joanne
has not vs does not

Up until now, she _______ me to her new house.

1. does not invite

2. has not invited


Which one should i choose? and why?

May 4, 2018 9:20 AM
Comments · 4

Exactly. If you want good advice, listen to Mr P.

The phrase "does not invite" is a present tense (simple aspect)

The phrase "has not invited" is also a present tense (perfective aspect) . The present perfect is not a past tense.

Most of the problems which learners ( and even some teachers) have with the present perfect stem from the mistaken belief that it is a past tense.  The clue is in the name, surely? Present perfect?

The key thing to remember is that this verb form connects the past with the present, and it always gives us information about the situation now.

Past tenses tell us about the past.  Present tenses ( including present perfect simple and present perfect continuous) tell us about the present.

In this example, the present perfect tells us that the writer is currently still waiting for an invitation to someone's new house.




May 4, 2018
Grammar note: both 1 and 2 are present tense. Please don't ever think that present perfect is a past tense.
May 4, 2018
"Up until now..." - so which verb form connects the past to the present? :)
May 4, 2018
It is #2 because #2 is in the past tense. #1 i in the present tense.
May 4, 2018
Joanne
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