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The Perfect Pot Plant


Question:

Why are its leaves yellow? Write your answer in the box below and you can win a free 15 minute online session with me :)


Explanation:

We use the present perfect tense (have/has + past participle), to talk about (1) things that happened at indefinite time in the past: “It has lived in a lot of different places around the house” and “Its leaves have become a bit yellow"

We also use it to talk about (2) things that started in the past and continue in the present: "Look at how much it has grown.” It might be natural to use ’since’ here, to show a relationship between a point in the past and the situation in the present: “Look at how much it has grown since 8 years ago.”

Also note the use of present perfect continuous to (3) show that something started in the past and continues up to now - the plant “hasn’t been getting much light”. Present perfect continuous can be used to express the idea of ‘lately’ or ‘recently.’


Transcript:

Hi this is Milan from milanetc.com. How are you?

I’d like to introduce you to my friend, this amazing bamboo plant. I bought this at a shop 8 years ago. Look at it today. Look at how much it has grown. Its leaves have become a little bit yellow because it hasn’t been getting much light. It’s living in my mum’s kitchen at the moment but it’s lived in a lot of different places around the house. I hope it’s happy here. I’ve tried asking it but it doesn’t speak back. That’s it from me, thank you so much for watching. Milan from milanetc.com, and there’s my friend. Bye.


Hot Tip:

Did you know in the USA they call pot plants “house plants”? How odd!




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