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The Use of the Present Perfect in British English and American English

Student: Aliona Trublouskaya

Supervisor: Sergey Ryabchun

Faculty: School of Foreign Languages

Educational Programme: Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 9

Year of Graduation: 2020

A substantial number of studies concerning the Present Perfect tense (PP) have discussed and compared its usage in British English (BrE) and American English (AmE). It is proposed that the PP is being gradually replaced by the Past Simple (SP) and this trend is more noticeable in AmE. However, little is known about how British and American people use the PP in their everyday lives. The paper attempts to extend the scope of the concept of the PP and determine how the variety of English influences the choice between the two competing tenses. We have used a correlational study and conducted a questionnaire among native speakers from Great Britain and the USA. The results confirm the principal hypothesis and demonstrate that relevance to the moment of speech might have come to be a weak determinant of the PP. Furthermore, Americans become less inclined than Britons to use the PP in informal English. Theoretical and practical implications, as well as limitations of the research, are thoroughly discussed in the paper.

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