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Friday, July 3rd 2009

    Hello James,
    thank you for the great explanation.

    Take care


    Friday, March 12th 2010

      Hello james I am so glad to watch your video, hope I can get it after I heard the video

      Wednesday, August 22nd 2012

    it’s like: how long have you been here? or for how long have you been studied en.?

    Thursday, September 30th 2010

      you meant in the 2nd Q >> for how long have you been studying eng ? not studied .
      and this Q for Present perfect Conterminous ^^


      Sunday, April 8th 2012

    I don’t think my students will figure out what the present perfect is via this video. I like your way of teaching. I find it humorous, James

    Wednesday, November 24th 2010

    “How long” and “How many times” are just some ideas which express the present perfect.
    For instance :
    How long [duration] : I haven’t seen you since february,
    “How many times” : I’ve seen this movie three times already,
    If you don’t use any date, it means that it’s not important to know “since how long” the event has occured.

    Past simple is more like “When” because it tend to emphasize the starting date of a terminated event.
    For instance,
    I saw that movie yesterday at noon,
    I did it last month.
    You can also use the past simple without giving any date. In this case, you just want to emphasize that the action is done.

    Tuesday, January 4th 2011

      i understand from you mor than teacher
      please contact with me if possible

      Friday, August 31st 2012

      thank you my friend
      witch one is more useful daily
      you know you helped me to understand better
      can you give more examples

      Wednesday, April 24th 2013

    Hi Patricia! Here you go:

    1. I learned Spanish yesterday – Simple Past

    2. I have just learned how to order jin and tonic with ice and lemon in Spanish – Present Perfect

    Wednesday, June 29th 2011

    The basic idea of using present perfect is the message you want to convey: “I’ve read the book’ = I know that book, I’m familiar with the subject in that book.

    Sunday, October 2nd 2011

    try to catch the context of this tense = how many times, how long = sounds like a question about your life experience(present perfect)

    Wednesday, April 25th 2012

    For an examples:
    ‘I’ve read that article twice’

    ‘I’ve ate 3 times a day’

    Could it be?

    Sunday, October 6th 2013

    hey Patricia, basicly you use the perfect present when you dont use an especific time, like today, yesterday, las month, etc. So you use the present perfect when you did something in the past and you dont need to say when you did that action.
    for example:
    Hey are you hangry?
    No, I’ve eaten.
    Hey are you hangry?
    No, i ate a brad some minutes ago.

    Tuesday, January 17th 2017

    The beat at all

    Saturday, March 25th 2017

I want to study english.

Saturday, July 4th 2009

    yeah, you’re in the right side.. to follow this website to learning a lot of english stuff. keep the track bro and you would get what you want for…

    Sunday, October 6th 2013

Thanks for this explanation. I always did a little confusion between both.

Monday, July 6th 2009

great video james, the video is very clearly and easy to understand, thanks a lot for the explanation :D:D put more more more i want to learn more english i miss canada jajaja and i miss your crazy class jaja

Tuesday, July 7th 2009

Thanks a lot!
Your videos are very interesting.

Tuesday, July 7th 2009

I agree with Patricia. James give us more examples.

Friday, July 10th 2009

good job

Friday, July 10th 2009

It was easy your lesson,good,thank you James!

Saturday, July 11th 2009

Helo James. I love your classes!

Can I give you a sugestion: If you use a regular verb in youe e.g., it will make the comprehension easier for foreigners, because READ is irregular. Isn’t it?

thanks a lot

Saturday, July 11th 2009

    Great! I strongly agree with you Darci.

    But I also agree with the fact that James is a fantastic English teacher.

    He is a blessed person! Keep up a good work James…

    Sunday, August 2nd 2009

hi james how are you ? thanks for Explain the simple past and present perfect . but please we need more examples for present perfect .thanks a lot ..

Wednesday, July 15th 2009

    Hi Osoma ! with due regard allow me to help you with your English. you should say ( thanks for explaining and not thanks for explain )Don’t forget after the prepositions ,all the verbs must be followed by ing .
    any doubt text me .

    Thursday, August 19th 2010

      hi ricardo
      i want to improve my english.
      would u plz help me?

      Saturday, October 15th 2011

Thank you very much

Thursday, July 23rd 2009

I’m from Russia. James, I’d like to say that you are such a nice and handsome man. I like your lessons, your vocabulary is easy to understand. How old are you and where do you live?))

Sunday, July 26th 2009

    add me. my skyp addres is baybuz34

    Monday, February 14th 2011

than you for help

Sunday, July 26th 2009

hi james thnks for all
I love u
again I I appreciate u for all dear

Thursday, July 30th 2009

Thanks again !

I’m going to have an exam by this weekend !
Yr explaination would help me a lot.

Tks, James !

Monday, August 10th 2009

Yet, I could understand clearly what is the perfect present and how to use!! I was always confused about the situation of the simple past or the perfect present. You showed me that simply. THANKS!!

Tuesday, August 11th 2009

My next English class is going to be easy..!!

Wednesday, August 19th 2009

thanks james for you every day I am learnig much english I like your lessons james can you explain me whats mean turn it on turn it up and turn me loose Im going to thanks so much bye bye Edar lemus from Richmond Virginia

Tuesday, September 1st 2009

Hi! I am Muhammad Zaman Mustafaw and I am an English teacher. I love to learn more about language. I love the way that you teach. Can you answer that What is the difference between complement and object in a setence. Thanks.

Thursday, September 3rd 2009

hi sir now i hyave got the difference between the uses of past simple and present perfest however i want to that the uses of past simple with preposition to.thx

Saturday, September 5th 2009

Dear Sir,

Hope yor are doing well. I am from Pakistan and every day I go through your video. You are a nice and good tacher. Sir I want to Improve my english and want to appear in IELTS, i have tried thrice but i am afraid of taking the test please HELP me out of this problem.

With Regards,

Mohsin ul haq

Tuesday, September 15th 2009

Thanks! You’re really cute, and funny!
That makes learning such a great time!!
From Brazil

Thursday, October 1st 2009


Monday, October 5th 2009

I enjoyed alot listning you and feeling perfection in the field of english.I hope you will applicate more and more new methods in teaching of english.
thanks alot
Mr Asadullah Chitrali

Wednesday, October 14th 2009

It is really interesting . thank you. But where can I do exercises about it ?

Tuesday, December 15th 2009

thank u very much i rly got it !

Tuesday, December 29th 2009

when u change have and use off when u speak? and when u say i’ve ?

Monday, January 25th 2010

very clear easy to understand.thank you James.

Saturday, January 30th 2010

Can someone give for me an explain about Present Perfect? :>

Saturday, January 30th 2010

very nice idea thank u mr james

Thursday, February 11th 2010

hove nice this English lesson… But if this have more example it will be more valuable.. Thank you James…. I LOVE http://WWW.ENGVID.COM ##@@@%%%^^&&**(())__!!@@#$%^^

Saturday, February 13th 2010

Thx so much, you did it great for us

Sunday, February 21st 2010

Wow thank’s james for your video thank’s alot

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010

James I was a little confused but thanks.

Wednesday, March 10th 2010

could you correct ofr me this the flash’s concert was/has been fantastic . and why????

Monday, March 15th 2010

thanks alot

Tuesday, March 23rd 2010

Good lessons. You’re cool teacher. Thanks a lot.

Monday, April 5th 2010

hi james how are you ? thanks for Explain the simple past and present perfect . but please we need more examples for present perfect .thanks a lot ..

Wednesday, April 28th 2010

Thanks for this explanation.And i always has a little confusion between both.

Wednesday, April 28th 2010

would help me in how to use the phrasal verbs

Wednesday, April 28th 2010

so simple and comprehensive…thanks a lot

Wednesday, April 28th 2010

i is very well. and i provde to you people to do this type of lession. thanks a lot

Wednesday, April 28th 2010

it is very well. and i provde to you people to do this type of lesson. thanks a lot
please help more children and i will tell to my friends to learn the grammar through THANK YOU

Thursday, April 29th 2010

James, it`s great! Thank you so much!

Thursday, April 29th 2010

Thanks for your time…Excellent Video great explanation!!

Friday, May 7th 2010

have any tips on summary writing?

Sunday, May 16th 2010

Mr . James

thank you

Friday, May 21st 2010

Dear James,

I have one question: Between Past Simple and Present Perfect, which one happened first?


Wednesday, May 26th 2010

Hi James, thanks so much for your videos. They really help a lot. But, I wonder if you’ve got the “scripts” of your videos, specially the one on the Past simple x present perfect. I’d like to take this video to my students, but without a script I’m sure they will lose a lot of important information.
Anyway, congratulations on your job. You’re a great teacher.
maria helena

Monday, May 31st 2010

Hello, James!
i’ve enjoyed the video! but it’s not even close for what our teachers telling us! especially for the pres perfect)))
thanks truly))
p.s. what about past perfect???

Sunday, June 6th 2010

thanks alot

Wednesday, June 9th 2010

Hi, James!
I was just to give you many thanks for your nice English videos. I enjoy very much your fantastic teaching.

Saturday, June 12th 2010

Hi James:)Very useful lesson indeed.I have a question…’as soon as’ and ‘not long after that” which one can be used only with Past Tense or only with Present Perfect?Thanks!

Tuesday, June 29th 2010

hi sir
really i can t get this lesson and i dont know why ?
plz sir i have some questions about persent p bcz i feel angry cause i have learned it more than twenty time but i didn t get it well .plz help me .
well. you explained in ur teaching video that the past s is included on the question ( when)and the present p includes the meaning of ( how long ) .but when we ask :
have u taken ur medicine?
there is no meaning of ( how long )
I hope that you may have understood my intentio
thank you sir

Tuesday, June 29th 2010

Thanks James, You are a very good teacher.

Friday, July 2nd 2010

hi laylah
plz if understand well answer me .i read story about the race and when the hero won . all said to him that ( yes . u did it ) but the others said to him ( u have done it ) .
so we can use them ( persent perfect and past simple ) when the time is unknown

Tuesday, July 6th 2010

for me past simple + past perfect are so hard …. but it is really important lesson …. thanks alot =)

Wednesday, July 7th 2010

Hey James Ive really enjoyed your presentation, but how is it, when you want to say the following: Then the shares _____ (fall) steadily for 3 months. It should be present perfect because you ask, for how long, right?

Friday, July 9th 2010

hi, my name is cristian rodrigo bermudez, and I live in mar del plata-argentina.
I like so much your video, are very easy for learning,because you explain very very good.
well…I’ve gotta go,goodbye.
You are the best.:)

Sunday, July 18th 2010

Hi, i want to study english with you

Monday, July 19th 2010

hi james
i really enjoy studing english with you.

Wednesday, July 28th 2010

Hi james,
Great video but give us some examples of present perfect about how long and how many times.

Friday, July 30th 2010

Do you have the questions?

Sunday, August 8th 2010

Hi james,
I have a doubt.why U dont use had in I HAVE READ THE ARTICLE

Friday, August 13th 2010

    because then it will be past perfect…

    Monday, June 11th 2012

i’m frish in english can i understand and continue


Friday, August 20th 2010

thank you james,keep it up

Tuesday, August 24th 2010

could u write the formula of the tenses…??

Friday, August 27th 2010

you are great teacher million thank you l enjoy learning from your video

Sunday, September 5th 2010

Is my statement correct… ” My heart is stop beating.” I’m confuse.

Wednesday, September 8th 2010

hi Alex;i’m nadia from Morocco,and i am an English teacher.your way of explaining is really simple and clear as a bell

Sunday, September 12th 2010

Hi.. did you say math??
I love math more than English you know !!!
Thank you for the explanation :)

Wednesday, September 15th 2010

good explnation between past simple and present perfect… thanks J !!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 18th 2010

Thank you very much James. You explained it in a simple and concise way. You are the best:)

Looking forward for more lessons’-‘
God bless

Sunday, September 19th 2010

Do you always use both participles and the auxilary verb have in the present perfect tense?

Monday, September 27th 2010

good class, can u give me some examples of simple past and past perfect

Tuesday, September 28th 2010

Thanks a lot!!!!!

Thursday, October 7th 2010

    I Has understood

    Thursday, October 7th 2010

Dear james,
i am very pleased after viewing your video lessions. i am from Bangladesh. i would like to request you to provide me the clear conception during the use of do, did, does in replacing the am, is, are. For example: Do you know him? is it right with the use of “are”?

waiting for kind solve

Monday, October 11th 2010

Thanks so much I really enjoy your lessons….

Sunday, October 17th 2010

very clear~!!

Monday, October 18th 2010

that was go0od job but u didn’t tell about since or for plz practice on details more

Wednesday, October 27th 2010

hello it was great .many thanks

Saturday, October 30th 2010

i am so happy to find your website it really helps

Thursday, November 4th 2010

wow > that’s too nice frome you teacher.
I’v been waching your lesson’s since last year.<<<< how was it??

your videos are the best also you looks away difrrent than when i was young

Sunday, November 7th 2010

You are great teacher.

but sometime I’m not sure that I can understand you clearly. Why don’t you have any practice to let us know how understand we are?

Thank you for your funny teaching. ^_^

Tuesday, November 16th 2010

Hello James,
My name is sarah and I am from Turkey.I am a nurse.I was living in usa since 2008.I was having hard time especially learning present perfect tense.Your teaching is GREAT!!!!
Believe or not I never understood this tense until today.Now I have learned..I am so HAPPY!!!I will continue to listen your english program because JUST GREAT!!
Thank you for making easy to learn ENGLISH!!

Thank you

Wednesday, November 17th 2010

    hi sarah I am from Turkey too I’d like to speak English with you on the Skyp.If have you got Skyp adress,add me please my sykp name baybuz34

    Monday, February 14th 2011

I’m french and I want you to know that you are a great teacher ! I have an exeman next week and I think i’m ready . With your explenation I can understand better and overcome many difficulties that a non-english speaker can meet ! Thanks a lot !!

Tuesday, November 30th 2010

hi james how are you ? thanks for Explain the simple past and present perfect . but please we need more examples for present perfect .thanks a lot ..

Tuesday, November 30th 2010

Its really effective , Thanks a lot !

Friday, December 3rd 2010

hi james
very good lesson please do like this to all other tenses it was clear my all doubt
thanks alot

Monday, December 20th 2010

Thanks for video class. that makes English easier then before. now I love to learn it.

Sunday, December 26th 2010

Thank you

Thursday, December 30th 2010

thanks for your lesson but i need more explanation if you would like

Saturday, January 1st 2011

Hi James, first I would like to say THANKS for all of you (I mean engvid teachers) – for yours wonder lessons! I have a question: what if I would like to say that something happened and has happened a few times? – which sentence is proper:
(1) “He called to me yesterday a few times” or (2)“He has called to me yesterday a few times”? or maybe I can use sentence number (1) and “He has called a few times yesterday” as well?
please bright me!

Sunday, January 2nd 2011

    Hi Masza,

    Have you got any reply with your questions? I am also having the same questions as you posted. Can you give me the answer at, if you got the answer?

    Tuesday, April 3rd 2012

Thank you. I need to learn more about Present Perfect. Would you help me?

Monday, January 3rd 2011

well done! good vedio

Monday, January 17th 2011

thanks a lot for helping us to improve our English

Tuesday, January 18th 2011


Friday, January 21st 2011

Hi James,

Thank you for this Video. You awesome :-)

Friday, January 21st 2011

I think this is a great site, although it is kind of basic for a lawyer, I like the way you teach and your ability to hit the nail on the head. I think it would be unfair to say who the best lecturer is since you are all great. I will keep visiting the site and am grateful for all the aveilable free lessons. If this site shall endure until I have children then my children should be grounded in this site so that I may be rich if one of them managed to be a writer (best seller) this site is great by any standard. thank you again. like my self the poor Chinese, Afghani, and Russian should be grateful for the free lesson.

Friday, January 21st 2011

Though it’s my first time to be in here, i’m pretty sure that i’ll be learning a lot of things to further improve my English….thanks

Tuesday, January 25th 2011

Thank you very much for your teaching.this lisson was very helpful lisson.

Monday, January 31st 2011

Hi James

i always confused about past tens and present perfect ,,,,, thanks to you, now i understand how do i use. and please teach us the rest of the Tens ,,,

Saturday, February 5th 2011

Hi James I really think the way you teach English is fab.really, I am watching your videos and I really understand each and every single thing you say. Rebecca is also good, I like the way she explains things, she is so calm, and takes everything one step at a time!

Sunday, February 6th 2011

very nice
but we need more :)

Monday, February 21st 2011

I like tour teachering the best of all!!!

I’m pround of you. I’m russian and I can understand you very nice!!! Thank you!

Sunday, February 27th 2011

thanks a lot it was a great explanation, but can please give us more details especially when we use the present perfect in Duration of time and Unspecified time.

thanks again and I like the way that you teach.

Thursday, March 3rd 2011


Tuesday, March 8th 2011

great sir James! thanks a lot!

Friday, March 18th 2011

hi everyone,

what if there is no information about the time.


i drunk water with james
i ve drunk water with james.

i feel that when i m talking, i m using more the preterit in this situation.
anyone can explain?

Friday, March 25th 2011


Friday, April 1st 2011

Hey James
Thanks for the great lessons and i am always trying to follow your nice lessons
May God bless you.

Wednesday, April 6th 2011

no quiz?

Friday, April 8th 2011

i want quiz…

Tuesday, April 12th 2011

well.this is just it as i had been longing to see such videos for the simple reason that i am a teacher myself…i explore to find variation in teaching methodologies…………..well done!!!!!

Tuesday, April 12th 2011

Thank you so much James, I really enjoy your lesson.

Tuesday, April 12th 2011

Hi James! Your exposition is great! Thank you a lot for your excelent work.

Thursday, May 5th 2011

thank you so much i apprereciated your teaching

Wednesday, May 18th 2011

JAMES thnak you so much, your explanation is clear as a bell. Through your lesson, i got the difference of the time i should use the past tense and past perfect.

Wednesday, May 18th 2011

lol s-i-m-p-l-e p-a-s-t i’ve learnt alot. Thanks James! :)

Thursday, May 26th 2011

Hi James! Thanks so much for your lesson. I’ve really learnt how to use past simple and present perfect. I’ve have a qustion, whats the differences between we shall and we should? Anyway thanks for your lesson again! :)

Thursday, May 26th 2011

Thanks Dude

Thursday, May 26th 2011

Me too..I also think an example for present perfect tense needs to be given. Do any of the teachers give private tutoring and have lesson plans structured to bring a student from basic to advance on a one-on-one level? Thanks

Saturday, May 28th 2011

    Hi Nicole I saw your comentar and I believe that you can help me,I am look a website for watching series and movies with subtitle in english, but I’m not finding, do you know some please?I await your aswer.

    Thursday, March 7th 2013

      Sorry Nicole I forgot my
      thank you so much

      Thursday, March 7th 2013

Where is Mr E? I miss him…

Wednesday, June 8th 2011

Thank you James

Saturday, June 11th 2011

add me. my skyp addres is rusmusik

Saturday, June 18th 2011

Thank James.

Sunday, June 26th 2011

thank you very much James

Sunday, July 10th 2011

That topic is very dificult to brazilian ( i think so) but James got to explain very well. But i don`t get to understand that topic yet…

Thursday, July 14th 2011

Cool !
I loved your explanation.
I made a comparison with my grammar book in use, it’s very good.
thank you one more time.
see you

Sunday, July 24th 2011

Good video

Tuesday, August 2nd 2011

I’ve just watched the lesson and I understand everything now! THX James!

Thursday, August 11th 2011

Hi James,
Thank you for your explanation of present perfect, this mean is also YOU are perfect too! Many or the most EFL vs ESL teachers lack of illustration to provide clarification towards their students whom are dying for the effective teaching strategies like you.

Saturday, August 13th 2011

I understood the lesson of simple past vs present perdect

Monday, August 15th 2011

I have been married one month ago with a English men but they rejected(refusal) my visa because my English test wasn’t good enough I had 3 as a score in listening and the embassy said I need to have 4 not 3 so I have to repeat it again James please try to do more leccons of listening can help me to pass my iltes test again I’m from morocco thank u for ur help u r amazing guy I like you

Wednesday, August 17th 2011

Thank you very mauch for such s simple explanation! I`ve wondered all my life what is the difference. Now I got it!

Monday, August 22nd 2011


Friday, August 26th 2011

HI James.
i wanna ask you a question …
what is different between past simple and bast perfect? or in other word what is the different between simple and perfect in tenses?

Tuesday, August 30th 2011

thanks for nice, lecture.

Saturday, September 10th 2011

hi James I am very gonfused with all the tenses would you please help me.

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

Hi james,
thank you for nice,Lecture

Friday, September 16th 2011

thank you ,, but why you don’t have a test ?

Saturday, September 24th 2011

Dir sir.
I would like to thanks and apperciate u teaching its very good and i am u new student please help me for knowing english language thanks.

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

Thanks I will be with you

Sunday, October 16th 2011

excelent explenation. Thanks

Monday, October 17th 2011

Thanks Mr.James. Now I understand “the present perfect”.

Friday, October 21st 2011

cool !!! thanks…

Sunday, October 23rd 2011

it is really hard for me to understand is ,,,,

Wednesday, October 26th 2011

Hi James, I have saw many videos, and I have a question.

What is the best order to see the videos?, or how I can order my objectives to learn english?


I like very mucho your work!!!

Monday, November 7th 2011

thank you james your lessons were really useful forme i’m mohamed el mtioui from morocco can you plz talk about the perfect tenses

Friday, November 25th 2011

thank you very much engvid team , hope we will receive useable important lession in future, actually i m a victim of english learner because there is some reason, actually i’am from nepal but now i’am living in abroad with people from different country , and when i went to abroad that i could knew nothing an english how to speak as well how to write so one day someone english people came around me and started scold me but i did know for what he is scolding against me? if i could speak well english i knew how to replay him but it’s complecated for me! after then i realise i must be learn english so i could fight against them who scold me as well others, ever since i have been learling english it’s been couple of years now , with getting help envid english class especially my teacher is mr. james i like you i m really really impress from you, hope i might get usefull lession for me as well who is victim of learn english as im so thank you very much once again thank you very much bye bye bye

Wednesday, November 30th 2011

    I’m very happy we could help you, but they shouldn’t be scolding you!

    Wednesday, November 30th 2011

hi to “”-ers just joined lads

Tuesday, December 13th 2011

you are cool

Wednesday, December 14th 2011

hey teacher James, what about questions? I mean, ” what did you do” or ” what have you done” , ”who have done it” or ”who did it” , ”why have you gone there” or ”why did you go there”…
it would be more satisfying if you explained them, please.

Sunday, December 18th 2011

thank u so mush teacher james could u expand this more talking about questions and so on thanks in advance

Saturday, January 7th 2012

Record sound was not good.

Thursday, January 12th 2012

I am Lao now I am attend at university so I also learned English with you on your website, So I interested your lesson. so may you teach for more.

Sunday, January 15th 2012

really thanks for all eteaches

Friday, January 20th 2012

Dear James pls explain to me again as follows sentence

can i say ,,,i have completed in the morning
i completed in the morning

which are right answer???

Friday, February 3rd 2012

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Tuesday, February 7th 2012

Hello sir i couldn’t find a vid about (The past perfect tense) can you make one please :P

Saturday, February 18th 2012

thank you so much Mrjames your video are interesting show us more video and keep going on :D

Monday, February 20th 2012

hi bro i did not find the way to learn.

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

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Wednesday, March 7th 2012

Hi James!
Tell me please what do we use if we don`t have any time specification at all (no “when” and no “how long”. The action is finished. Should I use simple past or present perfect in this case ?

Tuesday, March 20th 2012

where is the quiz ?
it is so important to practice and quiz is the best way to improve it !

Tuesday, March 20th 2012

Hi,i want to know the difference between these two sentences: Have i contributed in World War 1. Did i contribute in World War 1.

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

Good job man !!!!!! ;)

Tuesday, March 27th 2012

It’s still confusing. I dont remember all the lessons that i had learned from engvid.Am I hopeless?Hope to have somebody to practice with.

Saturday, March 31st 2012

thanks anyway

Saturday, March 31st 2012

I watched this lesson yesterday or I’ve watched this lesson…
I undertand and, thanks :)

Wednesday, April 11th 2012

I haven’t differentiated the two tenses for along time. but james gave me an interested hint, Thanks James for in deed

Thursday, April 12th 2012

james is a goog teacher i like his style and way of teaching

Thursday, April 12th 2012

where is freaking quiz?)

Saturday, April 21st 2012

    There isn’t a quiz for this lesson!

    Tuesday, April 24th 2012

Hi there…
I m from Philippine but I live here in new York and I want to improve my English more I’m haven’t hard time speaking sometimes I want know more about this site how to help me to improve my English pls help me I really want to learn how to speak English or to improve more vocabulary, because sometimes when I’m to talking to American people they hard time to understand my English may be because of my accent not very well clear.thank you and god bless you all

Wednesday, April 25th 2012

Hi James: I love the way you teach. You are so funny and I learn a lot at the same time. The best way to learn: having fun. Greetings from Chile.

Wednesday, April 25th 2012

On English Grammar Past Simple and Present Perfect you put I READ THE ARTICLE,I’VE READ THE ARTICE!YOU ARE MISSING THE L IN ARTICLE.JAMES U ARE THE BOMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 25th 2012

please answer right now james

Wednesday, April 25th 2012

James you showed lots of things I don’t get some science and math things can you help me?please?

Wednesday, April 25th 2012

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Thursday, April 26th 2012


Thursday, April 26th 2012

Hi James! Could you make a video on the past perfect tense? please please please. I love all you videos and I can’t wait to see more of them. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 1st 2012


Monday, May 21st 2012

u ppls doing great job ….god bless u all

Friday, June 1st 2012

thank you very much, James!
this lesson was great!

Monday, June 11th 2012

5:23 rofl xD

Monday, June 11th 2012

oh wait sorry, i meant i was rolling on the floor, laughing after i reached 5:23 in the video.

Monday, June 11th 2012

hi jemes i have a qustion, could we use specific time in past simple’s negative sentance

Monday, June 11th 2012

Thanks James, You are to good at all bro i am very inspired from you… N you are a good teacher dude……

Friday, June 15th 2012

Hello James and all the wonderful community of Engvid teachers.
I urgently need help from native speakers and expert teachers of English to tell me which of the following tenses: past simple or present perfect is correct or should be used in the last statement with the verb (create): Here is the context:
When the internet appeared, the national newspapers began to claim that they would lose all their readers. Although, most of them who didn ´t use to love the internet (created) an online version of their paper.
When internet …………….. . Although …………………. (have created) an online version of their paper.

Thursday, June 21st 2012

Hello To Every one
and about this vid
that there is no more example about the both sentences

Friday, June 22nd 2012

Thank you !It is really helpful for me.

Tuesday, June 26th 2012

Thanks for your help!You’re really good teacher.But But there is a question that suggested itself to my mind:if we’re talking about something what happened in the past, but we don’t know exect time is it Present perfect or Past Simple?
For example:I finished school or I’ve finished school?
Or in you example: What a difference
between i read a book and i’ve read a book. Plz give us more examples.
If somebody asked me do you read any books?Should i say I’ve read 50 books or it’d be better if i said i read 50 books?
Thanks a lot for your patience!)

Saturday, June 30th 2012

Here is an another question:
What is correct sentence of followings:They bought a new house. or they have bought a new house?

Saturday, June 30th 2012

try tell us an easy verison for the past present future

Friday, July 13th 2012

For me, an Italian, it’s harder this lesson, because i don’t know well the pronunciation of read, irregular verbs, read read read, so I don’t understand what tense are you using. You should make this lesson with another verb. Sorry for my bad english :)

Tuesday, July 17th 2012

if ny 1 want to join me on skype for improving his/her speaking skills or conversation skills he/she can,actually i want to improve my own speaking skills with ur help my email id is and my skype name is prashantamba.

Monday, July 23rd 2012


Monday, August 6th 2012

thanks to you indeed

Friday, August 17th 2012

I am so glad to know you james, and like to watch your video in youtub, hope I can get it.

Thank you.

Wednesday, August 22nd 2012

I like lesson is very humorous and I understood very well thank you

Wednesday, August 29th 2012

Thank you

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

Hi James, it is perfect description for differences between PP and PS times, but could you please tell me where in this site we can find more example:) thanks in advanced you are great!

Monday, October 8th 2012

James, thanks for you exciting lessons! You are a great teacher! I adore your way of teaching! But could you please help me with this sentence (I had it in my English test): I changed or I’ve changed the work three times this year. Are we talking about a specific time in the past or not?
P.S Thanks a lot!!!!!!:)

Thursday, October 25th 2012

Sorry for a mindless question!!!!!! “this year” isn’t a specific time in the past)))))) it isn’t finished yet!!!!

Saturday, November 24th 2012

thanks about this>>
i need ta tow typis of past
simple and countenus..
where i can find it ?

Wednesday, December 5th 2012

This lesson was great & easy to understaand!
I like it :)

Saturday, December 15th 2012

iam from mauritania

Saturday, December 22nd 2012

What a nice lesson thx Mr.J

Sunday, January 6th 2013

it is very interesting. thank you.

Wednesday, January 9th 2013

Actually i’ve problem in present tense and past tense. recently i’ve seen a movie ‘Primal Fear’ and there was a dialouge i mean a man said the word ‘On my first day of law school,my professor says two things’ i’m confused in this word.
i don’t get the meaning of this sentence
but i think it will be like ‘On my first day of law school, my professor said(instead of says) two things’ cuz his professor said and time over i want to know why he use that sentence. and ‘when does class begin tomorrow’ what does it mean hope you will help me immediately

Friday, January 18th 2013

‘when’ is the magic word to remember when to use simple past. Great lesson.

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013

hi james! i like your cool make me smile.i have learned your detailed topic for past simple vs. present perfect. can you please give more examples on exact time for present just only give examples on specific time for simple past only.thanks a lot to you and more power to engvid.

Thursday, January 24th 2013

hi james,ur way of explanation is wonderful.
i have doubt in could have, would have, should have. pl explain

Sunday, January 27th 2013

hello James,

thank a lot for your video, I think then I more understand the difference betweem past simple and present perfect now…

I really love your style of teaching,
thank again :)

Monday, January 28th 2013

helloooooo teachers, may u send me the video of past simple vs present perfect plssssssssss

Friday, February 1st 2013

hello James
i was watching a tv show about a cars and i noticed a guy saying “a friend of mine did the paintjob all by hand”

is this right to say??
or its more correct to say – “a friend of mine has done the paintjob all by hand”

Am i right? Or its because of the differences between AE and BE
Will the meaning change if i use the Present Perfect instead of the Past Simple?If it does,can you explain the difference between it and the Past Simple?

please i would really appreciate it

Friday, February 22nd 2013


Monday, March 18th 2013

MY explanation Mr. James
“How long” and “How many times” are just some ideas which express the present perfect.
For instance :
How long [duration] : I haven’t seen you since february,
“How many times” : I’ve seen this movie three times already,
If you don’t use any date, it means that it’s not important to know “since how long” the event has occured.

Past simple is more like “When” because it tend to emphasize the starting date of a terminated event.
For instance,
I saw that movie yesterday at noon,
I did it last month.
You can also use the past simple without giving any date. In this case, you just want to emphasize that the action is done.
thank you sir.

Thursday, March 21st 2013

Why no one exercise about that?

Monday, June 3rd 2013

Where is the quiz?

Saturday, June 8th 2013

Can I say “I’m living in NY” instead “I’ve been lived in NY” or they are totally different?

Friday, June 14th 2013

    I think you cannot say “I’m living in NY” because the present continuous is used to actions with a short duration of time according some video I watched in EngVid. Regarding the second sentence, I would say I’ve lived in NY or I’ve been in NY, in other words you must use one verb in the participle form after the verb have. I hope it helps you.

    Friday, August 23rd 2013

thnxxxx James…thnx alot.. :)

Friday, June 14th 2013

HI James.

I have been married one month ago with a English men.He spoken an English. But I know malayalam language. I don’t know how sentence in English.. who here can you teach me..could u give me more examples..

i want to ask you a question…
What is different between past simple and bast perfect?

Sunday, August 18th 2013

Ok, but why I have never read that someone tell “I have forgotten something”, while it cannot be with a specific time, it is related with now (like “I have lost my key”in Murphy book of grammar)?? Why all people tell “I forgot something”?

Monday, September 16th 2013

Thank you so much,James. As usual, your class was brilliant. You have no idea how your classes and tips are helping us. I would like to do the quiz. It’s a pity!

Thursday, October 10th 2013

Please james could you give us more examples

Saturday, November 16th 2013

Thank you so much for the great lesson on this subject. So according to the rule I should say:
‘Did he graduate from university in 1985?’ or
‘Has he ever graduated?’ and
‘No, he’s never graduated'(…)
‘After he graduated, he went to France’ or rather ‘After he’d graduated, he went to France’, this seems so unlogic to me.
Maybe I totally missed the point, but it remains very confusing to me.

Friday, February 7th 2014

thank you

Monday, March 10th 2014

Thank you your lessons fantastic,but why without quiz?

Sunday, March 16th 2014

Thank you yours lessons fantastic,but why without quiz?

Sunday, March 16th 2014

Hello Sir. James.
Are these sentences correct?

I have seen the movie so many times.

I have been to Australia for 3 times.

I went to Australia last year.
My husband and I got married in 2011.
we went to the beach last week.

Sunday, April 6th 2014

I’ve studied about “Present Perfect Tenses” several times :P
Thank you very much for this lesson :)

Tuesday, April 8th 2014

Hi, James. Thank you for your lesson.
Is it possible to say ” Yesterday and today I’ve done everything that you asked me. Look at it”

Tuesday, June 10th 2014

Hi James, will you help me to clarify a question, closely connected with this lesson?
Which of the sentences written below is better grammatically?
Why didn`t you consult me on this matter or
why haven`t you consulted me on this matter?
P.S. there is no reference in the context as to the time when this event happened.
I`d rather prefer to use Past Simple in this context. Thanks in advance.

Wednesday, July 30th 2014

Hi james, your lesson very useful, this the first time I get the present perfect.
so thank you so much
However, I still have confused in the other verb tenses

Saturday, August 16th 2014

Thanks I think I’ve got it now. Thanks for simplifying this.

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014

Thank you james, I have learned your lesson about The Simple past, and The present perfect. I saw the lesson just five minuts ago.

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014

good explanation
Thanks a lot
James sir………

Wednesday, October 29th 2014

Thank you it is good
I have studied English for 3 month.
I heard the lesson yesterday

Wednesday, November 5th 2014

Hi James,
I am learning English, thank so much for your help!!!
Everthing it’s cleam to me!!!!

Saturday, November 22nd 2014

Thank you! =)

Thursday, January 22nd 2015

I have a problem in using present perfect and present perfect continuous who can help me in solving this problem please

Tuesday, January 27th 2015

Hi James. Thank you for the video.
Is it possible to add some questions as a quiz for practice?

Saturday, March 14th 2015


Wednesday, March 25th 2015

james please i need questions .. !!

Friday, May 29th 2015

is it always necessary to talk about the time while using simple present tense?
is the following correct?
‘i read a novel’

Monday, June 15th 2015

Why no quiz?

Tuesday, July 28th 2015

Thanks for your lessons have been very helpful

Wednesday, September 2nd 2015

Hi Teacher James

Its possible that you give more examples pls!!!


Friday, November 13th 2015

Hello James !
You are very good a teacher.
Thank you very much.

Tuesday, December 29th 2015

Talent Teacher. Short to the point.
Thanks a lot.

Friday, January 1st 2016

very good lesson James, now i’ve got it when you said “specific for simple past” and present perfect not specific

Sunday, January 17th 2016

very useful,thanks James.

Monday, March 14th 2016

Where’s the quiz?!!

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

James you’re the man! thank you for your great explanation.

Tuesday, May 31st 2016

Thank u so much.YOU`RE GREAT!

Monday, September 26th 2016

A new prospect about the past simple and present perfect, with specific topics in the past simple and facts in the past affecting now in the present perfect, I believe I have understood this concept. Thanks a lot teacher James from EngVid.

Sunday, December 4th 2016

5 stars.You are a gifted teacher!At last I understand!

Sunday, February 12th 2017

Thank you James

Thursday, October 12th 2017

You’re a fantastic English teacher! Thanks for the video!

Wednesday, January 31st 2018


Monday, February 19th 2018

wow really super clear explanation

Wednesday, April 4th 2018

I had been having no strength last year. Is it correct?
Mr.James thanks so much. actually, you have a magic way to teach.

Friday, June 15th 2018

Thanks again for theses straight explanation.

Saturday, July 14th 2018

I ate a pizza yesterday.
I have visited this restaurant two times.

Wednesday, October 10th 2018

you havent quiz

Sunday, December 9th 2018

Thanks so much

Wednesday, January 30th 2019

Thank you James

Wednesday, April 10th 2019


can you make a video for future perfect and future progressive perfect tense? i’ve searched on this website for subject about both bu couldn’t find

Wednesday, July 31st 2019

Thanks coach! You were very persuasive. Mr James, I’m very grateful to you.

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

Omg, I finally understood it! Thank you SO MUCH!

Saturday, April 18th 2020

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