Present Perfect Ever and Never ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Find Someone Who...

ESL Have You Ever Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

This free present perfect speaking activity helps to teach students how to make 'Have you ever...?' questions to ask about experiences. Students use the prompts in a chart on their worksheet to ask 'Have you ever...?' questions to their classmates. When a classmate answers 'Yes, I have', the student writes their name in the 'Name' column next to the prompt. The student then asks follow-up questions to obtain more information. When everyone has finished, students tell the class what they found out by making present perfect statements.
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Have You Ever Bingo

ESL Have You Ever Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-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 - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 45 minutes

In this amusing 'Have you ever...? activity, students create present perfect questions and then play a true or false game using the questions along with the past simple to ask for and give more information. 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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Life in the Fast Lane

ESL Have You Ever Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-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. The 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, the students tally up their correct guesses. The student with the most correct guesses wins the game.
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Interactive Version - In this present perfect breakout room activity, pairs of students play a game where they write present perfect have you ever questions. Students then guess how their partner would respond to each one.

 

Deception

ESL Present Perfect Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - 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 - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - 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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Interactive Version - This ever and never interactive worksheet contains a variety of exercises to help students learn how to use the present perfect with ever and never.

 

Find Someone Who Has...

ESL Have You Ever Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this 'Have you ever...?' activity, students ask and answer present perfect questions to find out about other students' experiences. To start, students use the prompts in the chart on their worksheet to ask 'Have you ever...?' questions to their classmates, e.g. 'Have you ever been on TV?' 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. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of 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 - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 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 questions. The students 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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I have never...

ESL Present Perfect Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this engaging present perfect activity, students write about things they have and haven't experienced. The students then discuss their answers with a partner. Working alone, students complete sentences on their worksheet with true information about things they have and haven't experienced, e.g. 'I have never tried Indonesian food, but I have tried Vietnamese food'. In pairs, students then take it in turns to read each sentence to their partner. After a student has read a sentence, their partner asks the student follow-up questions to find out as much information as possible. This continues until all the sentences have been read and discussed. Afterwards, students share what they found out about their partner.
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Interactive Version - In this present perfect interactive breakout room activity, students use the present perfect to write about things they have and haven't experienced and then discuss what they wrote with a partner.

 

Just Say Yes

ESL Have You Ever Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - 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 Experiences

ESL Present Perfect with Been Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this memorable present perfect activity, students ask and answer questions about life experiences using been. Working alone, students write one follow-up question for each ‘Have you been...?’ question on their worksheet. In groups, students then find out who answers 'yes' to the ‘Have you been...?’ questions. One student asks the first question to the group, e.g. 'Have you been camping?' All the students write down the names of anyone who answers 'Yes, I’ve been camping'. Each student in turn then asks their follow-up question to find out as much information as possible. Another student then asks the second question and so on. When everyone has finished, each group reports their findings to the class using the present perfect with ‘been’, e.g. 'We’ve all been camping. Most of us have been camping in a field, but Amelia has been camping on top of a mountain, etc'.
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Present Perfect for Experience

ESL Ever and Never Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this present perfect worksheet, students practice 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. The 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, the 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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Interactive Version - In this present perfect interactive worksheet, students learn how to use ever and never to talk about experiences.

 

Talking About Experiences

ESL Present Perfect Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - 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. Students begin by reading how 'ever' is used in present perfect questions to ask about life experiences. The students then complete present perfect questions with 'ever' and the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Next, students use prompts from a box to write 'Have you ever...?' questions that correspond to a set of answers. The students then ask and answer the questions with a partner based on their own experiences. Afterwards, students read how 'ever' is used with the phrase 'the first time' to talk about first time experiences and how 'never' is used for experiences you haven't had. 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. In the last exercise, 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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Interactive Version - In this present perfect interactive worksheet, students work through a range of exercises to learn how to talk about experiences with ever and use never to refer to experiences you have not had.

 

What have you done?

ESL Present Perfect Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this free present perfect activity, students write true and false sentences about what they have and haven't done in their lives. The students then play a guessing game where a partner tries to work out which sentences are true and false by asking past simple follow-up questions. First, students complete 20 present perfect sentences on the worksheet, making half the sentences true and half false. Next, in pairs, one student goes first and reads the first sentence to their partner who asks past simple follow-up questions to find out if the sentence is true or false. After a few questions have been answered, their partner makes a guess and the answer is revealed. The student scores one point for each correct guess. Afterwards, the students swap roles. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. Finally, in groups, students look at the sentences about experiences they haven’t had and say which things they want to do and which they don’t want to do, giving reasons why or why not.
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Interactive Version - In this present perfect breakout room activity, students create true and false present perfect sentences about what they have and haven't done. The students then play a guessing game with a partner using the sentences.

 

Are You Experienced?

ESL Present Perfect Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - 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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It's my Life

ESL Present Perfect Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this present perfect speaking activity, students practice talking about their life experiences. First, students answer 12 questions on their worksheet by writing short answers in a random order in the boxes. Students then swap worksheets with a partner and look at the short answers their partner has written. The students then practice talking about their life experiences using the present perfect tense. To do this, students take it in turns to ask their partner why they have written the words in the boxes, e.g. 'Why have you written the word ‘charity’?' Their partner replies using the present perfect, e.g. 'I’ve spent a lot of time raising money for charity. It's something I’m very proud of'. The other student then asks their partner follow-up questions, e.g. 'What charity have you raised money for?' When everyone has finished, the students report back to the class on the most interesting or surprising things they found out about their partner.
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