Present Perfect Ever and Never ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Deception

ESL Present Perfect Game - Grammar and Writing: Writing Sentences, True or False, Guessing - Group Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 45 minutes

This free present perfect game helps to teach students how to use the present perfect to talk about experiences. Students begin by writing down twelve present perfect sentences about things that they have and haven't done in their lives using the verbs in the box on the worksheet. Six of the sentences should be true and six should be false. Next, in competing teams, one student goes first and reads one of their sentences to the opposing team. The opposing team's players each put down a true or false card depending on whether they think the statement is true or not. The student then reveals the answer. The opposing team scores one point for each correct guess. Then, one student on the other team reads one of their sentences and so on. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Ever and Never

ESL Ever and Never Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Rewriting Sentences and Questions, Writing Questions and Answers - Speaking Activity: Controlled Practice - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This present perfect worksheet helps students learn and practice the present perfect with ever and never. First, students read the information about using ever and never with the present perfect. Students then rewrite present perfect sentences and questions using ever and never. Next, students write present perfect Have you ever...? questions using a set of phrases. After that, students answer the questions using the present perfect or the present perfect with never, e.g. 'Yes, I have ridden an elephant.' or 'No, I have never ridden an elephant.' Lastly, in pairs, students ask and answer the questions with their partner.
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Find Someone Who...

ESL Have You Ever Activity - Grammar and Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Freer Practice - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This free present perfect Find Someone Who activity helps to teach students how to make Have you ever...? questions to ask about experiences. Students use the prompts on their worksheet to ask Have you ever questions to their classmates. When a classmate answers 'Yes, I have', the student writes their name next to the prompt. The student then asks follow-up questions to obtain more information, nothing down the answer in the last column. When everyone has finished, students tell the class what they found out by making present perfect statements.
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Have you ever been to London?

ESL Present Perfect Game - Grammar and Speaking: Sentence Completion, Guessing, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This present perfect guessing game helps students practice talking about experiences and asking questions with Have you ever...? First, students read each statement on the worksheet and write I have or I haven't in the column marked 'Me', depending on whether they have or haven't done the thing mentioned in the statement, e.g. 'I have (been to London)'. In pairs, students then guess whether their partner has or hasn't had the same experiences by writing He/She has or He/She hasn't in the 'My partner' column, e.g. 'He hasn't (been to London)'. Next, students take turns finding out if their guesses are right or wrong by asking Have you ever...? questions to their partner, e.g. 'Have you ever been to London?' Their partner then gives their answer. If the student guessed correctly, they put a tick in the last column. If not, the student puts a cross. The student with the most correct guesses in each pair wins.
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Have You Ever Bingo

ESL Have You Ever Game - Grammar and Speaking: Forming, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free Have you ever...? game, students find classmates who have had the experiences shown on a bingo card. To do this, students change each verb on their bingo card into its past participle form and create a present perfect question with ever from the prompt, e.g. if the prompt was 'lose some money', the student would say 'Have you ever lost some money?' When a classmate answers 'Yes, I have', the student writes down their name under the prompt on their bingo card. The first student to get three names in a row shouts 'Bingo!' This student wins the first round. Students then continue the game to see who can complete all nine squares with names. The first student to do this wins the second round. Students play several rounds using a different bingo card each time.
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Have You Ever Game

ESL Present Perfect Game - Grammar and Speaking: Forming, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, True or False, Guessing - Group Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 45 minutes

In this amusing Have you ever...? activity, students form, ask and answer present perfect questions in a true or false game. In two teams, students write Have you ever...? questions on verb cards. The game then begins with a player from Team A picking up one of Team B’s verb cards. Team B then asks the player the Have you ever…? question that corresponds with the verb. The player from Team A answers 'Yes, I have', regardless of whether it’s true or not. Team B then asks three past simple follow-up questions and then decides if the player’s answer is true or false. The player then reveals the truth. If Team B guesses correctly, they score a point. A player from Team B then picks up one of Team A’s verb cards and so on. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Just Say Yes

ESL Have You Ever Game - Grammar: Forming Questions from Prompts, Giving Answers, True or False - Group Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this fun present perfect true or false game, students ask Have you ever questions about experiences in the past and use the past simple to find out who is lying and who is telling the truth. One student begins by picking up a card and asking the other two students the question on the card using the present perfect with ever, e.g. 'Have you ever won a competition?' The other students answer 'Yes, I have', even if it’s not true. The interviewer then asks the two students three past simple follow-up questions from the prompts on the card, e.g. 'What competition did you enter?' The interviewer then tries to work out if the students are lying or telling the truth, scoring one point for each correct guess. The next student then picks up a card and takes on the role of the interviewer and so on. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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Life in the Fast Lane

ESL Have You Ever Game - Grammar and Speaking: Forming, Asking and Answering Questions, Guessing - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this fun present perfect game, students write Have you ever...? questions and then guess how a partner would reply to each one. In two groups, students write ten Have you ever...? questions using verbs in brackets and their own ideas. Students then pair up with someone from the other group. Next, students decide if their partner would reply yes or no to each question on their worksheet and write their guesses in the yes/no column. Students then take it in turns to ask Have you ever...? questions to their partner to find out if their guesses are right or wrong. Students put a tick if their guess is right or a cross if their guess is wrong in the last column of the worksheet. When all the questions have been answered, students tally up their correct guesses. The student with the most correct guesses wins the game.
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Talking About Experiences

ESL Present Perfect Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Writing Questions, Binary Choice, Writing Sentences - Speaking Activity: Asking and Answering Questions - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

This present perfect with ever and never worksheet helps students learn how to ask questions and make statements with ever to talk about experiences and use never to refer to experiences you haven't had. First, students complete present perfect questions with have or has plus ever and the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Next, students use prompts to write Have you ever questions that correspond to a set of answers. Students then ask and answer the questions with a partner based on their own experiences. Next, students read sentences and choose between never or ever to complete each sentence by underlining the correct words. Students then move on to use never to write about four experiences they've never had but would like to have someday. Lastly, students write four Have you ever questions to ask a partner. Students then ask the questions to their partner and underline their responses.
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Are You Experienced?

ESL Present Perfect Activity - Grammar and Speaking: Guessing, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Sentence Completion, Freer Practice - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 45 minutes

In this Have you ever activity, students ask and answer questions to find out who has experienced certain things. Working alone, students try to guess how many people in their group have had the various experiences written on their worksheet. Students then take it in turns to ask their group members Have you ever...? questions to find out the exact number of people who have had each experience, e.g. 'Have you ever stayed up all night?' Based on the number of people who have had each experience, students complete each statement on their worksheet with one of the listed phrases, e.g. All of us, Some of us, etc. Finally, there is a class feedback session where groups read out their findings to the class.
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Find Someone Who Has...

ESL Have You Ever Activity - Grammar and Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Freer Practice - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this Have you ever Find Someone Who activity, students ask and answer present perfect questions to find out about other students' experiences. To start, students use the prompts on the worksheet to ask Have you ever questions to their classmates, e.g. 'Have you ever annoyed the teacher' When a classmate answers 'Yes, I have', the student writes that person's name next to the item and asks follow-up questions to gain more information. Afterwards, students give feedback to the class on what they found out by making present perfect statements with has.
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Have You Ever Survey

ESL Have You Ever Activity - Grammar and Speaking: Forming, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this present perfect speaking activity, students practice talking about their experiences by asking and answering Have you ever questions and using the past simple to ask for and give more information. Give each student a card containing three question prompts. Students then go around asking everyone in their class or group the Have you ever...? question on their card. Whenever a classmate answers 'Yes, I have', students ask the past simple follow-up questions on the card and note down the answers. At the end of the activity, students report back their findings to the class.
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Present Perfect for Experience

ESL Ever and Never Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Gap-fill, Question Completion, Error Correction, Listing, Categorising - Speaking Activity: Guided Discussion - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this present perfect worksheet, students review the present perfect with ever and never to talk about experiences. Students begin by reading a conversation about experiences and filling in the gaps with ever and never. Next, students complete questions about experiences using ever and activities in brackets. Students then respond 'Yes, I have' or 'No, I haven't' to each question. After that, students rewrite sentences and questions, correcting the mistakes. Students then move on to read a list of experiences and add eight more using their own ideas. Once the list of experiences is complete, students categorize each experience, based on what they have done and what they have never done. Finally, in pairs, students then take it in turns to ask their partner about the experiences using the question Have you ever...?
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