Present Perfect For and Since ESL Activities, Worksheets and Games

For or Since?

ESL For and Since Worksheet and Game - Writing and Matching Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

This imaginative for or since worksheet and game helps to teach students how to use for and since with time words and expressions. Students begin by reviewing the rules for using for and since with time words and expressions. The students then put time words and expressions into the correct for or since column on their worksheet. Next, give each student a set of for and since cards and have the students stand up. Call out various time words and expressions. After each word or expression has been called out, the students hold up the correct for or since card. If a student holds up the wrong card or is too slow, they are out of the game and must sit down. Before a student sits down, they make a present perfect for or since sentence with the time word or expression they got wrong. The last student left standing wins the game.
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Interactive Version - In this present perfect for or since interactive worksheet, students do an exercise to help them learn how to use for and since with time expressions.

 

How long have you...?

ESL For and Since Activity - Reading, Writing and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

In this fun present perfect for and since activity, students practice time expressions with for and since by asking and answering ‘How long have you...?’ questions in a class survey. Students start by changing the verbs in the questions on their worksheet into their past participle forms to create interview questions, e.g. 'How long have you been awake?' Students then stand up and go around the classroom asking a different question to each classmate. When a classmate replies to a question, they give two answers, one using the word ‘for’ and one using the word ‘since’. The other student writes these answers and their name on the worksheet. Afterwards, students report back to the class on what they found out.
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Can you guess?

ESL For and Since Game - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

Here is a free for and since guessing game to help students practice the present perfect and time expressions with for and since. First, students complete present perfect for and since sentences with true information about themselves. In groups, students then make guesses about what the other students wrote in their sentences by writing a point in time or period of time in a chart on their worksheet. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to give their guesses for one of the group member's first sentence. The three students do this by each making a sentence in turn, e.g. 'I think you've had your mobile phone for nine months', etc. When all three students have given their guesses, the other student reveals the correct answer. If a student guessed correctly, they score two points. If no one got the right answer, one point is awarded to the student(s) who gave the closest guess. The students then take it in turns to give their guesses for another group member's first sentence and so on. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Interactive Version - In this for and since breakout room activity, groups of students play a present perfect true or false guessing game to practice time expressions with for and since.

 

For and Since Practice

ESL For and Since Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this for and since worksheet, students identify and practice the use of for and since to express the duration of an unfinished action or event. To begin, students write for or since beside time expressions. Next, students match for and since sentence halves together. Students then complete sentences with for or since. Students then move on to rewrite sentences, changing present perfect sentences with 'for' to present perfect sentences with 'since', or vice-versa. In the last exercise, students answer questions using for or since.
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Interactive Version - Here is a present perfect for or since interactive worksheet to help students practice or review for and since to show the duration of an unfinished event or action.

 

For and Since Survey

ESL For and Since Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this for and since speaking activity, students conduct a survey where they ask and answer 'How long have you...? questions. Give each student a card. On the card is a question, e.g. 'Who has had their bag for the longest and shortest amount of time?' The students write down the 'How long have you...?' question they need to ask to find out the information on their card, e.g. 'How long have you had your bag?' The students then go around the class asking and answering their questions. Students reply to each question by making a present perfect sentence with for or since, e.g. 'I've had my bag for six months'. 'I've had my bag since 2021, etc'. Students write each answer on the back of their card or on a separate piece of paper. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the class on their results.
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Did you write this?

ESL For and Since Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this rewarding for and since activity, students complete present perfect simple and continuous for and since sentences with true information and then find out who wrote other sentences by asking 'How long have you...?' questions. First, students write true present perfect simple or continuous for and since sentences, e.g. 'I have studied English for five years', or 'I have been studying English for five years'. Students then fold up their completed sentences and put them in a box. The students' task is to find out who wrote each sentence in the box by asking 'How long have you...?' questions in the present perfect simple or continuous, according to the tense of the sentence. All the students stand up and take one sentence card each from the box. The students then go around the class asking 'How long have you...?' questions to find the person who wrote the sentence on their card. Students reply to questions by making complete present perfect sentences. When a student finds the person who wrote the sentence, they write the person's name on the card, keep it and take another one from the box. The student with the most sentences at the end of the game wins.
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Oak Avenue

ESL For and Since Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this present perfect with for and since worksheet, students read about people who live on a street and complete exercises about them to practice the present perfect with for and since. Students start by reading about the people who live in the houses on Oak Avenue. Students then complete sentences about the people using verbs in the present perfect and for or since. Next, students write present perfect 'How long...?' questions for a set of answers about the people. Finally, students write about what the residents of Oak Avenue have in common by making sentences with for or since.
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Interactive Version - In this present perfect for and since interactive worksheet, students work through a range of exercises about people who live on a street to help them practice the present perfect tense with for and since.

 
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