present perfect, the

present perfect, the
,present `perfect, the noun LINGUISTICS
in English, a verb tense that expresses an action that was completed at some time in the past, or that started in the past and continues. The tense is formed by combining the present tense of have and the past participle of a verb, as in the sentence She has paid the bill .

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