Present perfect + before!!!

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ironmathyu5
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Present perfect + before!!!

Unread post by ironmathyu5 » 30 Apr 2020, 11:57

Hi could someone help me with this sentence please

" He's never appeared in a film before "

Does this mean that the person in NOW staring in a film at the moment, that it is his very first film.

I need to teach the use of present perfect + before to a first certificate class and dont feel so confident about this sentence.4-cup coffee maker
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kdammers
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Re: Present perfect + before!!!

Unread post by kdammers » 30 Apr 2020, 12:47

Yes, it means that this is the first movie in which he has appeared. This is his first film (at least on-screen, since he could have been a director, camera-man etc.).

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Re: Present perfect + before!!!

Unread post by EngTenses » 10 Aug 2020, 22:11

JUst reflect
present perfect = before now
I have never skied (in my life)
I have never bungee jumped (in my life)
I have never heard that expression (before)
This all refers to before now
When you add 'before' or 'before now' you are intimating that now you have heard that expression, that now you are skiing or bungee jumping or on the verge of skiing or bungee jumping
or you may be on the verge of deciding not to bungee jump or ski.
I have never skied before and I have no intention of skiing
However: I have never heard that expression before - now I have heard it
So with 'befoe now' be led by the meaning of the sentence not just by the rules

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Re: Present perfect + before!!!

Unread post by EngTenses » 10 Aug 2020, 22:11

JUst reflect
present perfect = before now
I have never skied (in my life)
I have never bungee jumped (in my life)
I have never heard that expression (before)
This all refers to before now
When you add 'before' or 'before now' you are intimating that now you have heard that expression, that now you are skiing or bungee jumping or on the verge of skiing or bungee jumping
or you may be on the verge of deciding not to bungee jump or ski.
I have never skied before and I have no intention of skiing
However: I have never heard that expression before - now I have heard it
So with 'befoe now' be led by the meaning of the sentence not just by the rules

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