Persian Lesson 32 – How to Translate ‘for’ in Present Perfect Tense
Salam! Khosh amadid!
Hello everyone, how are you?
Before we start today, let’s take a look at one of your questions.
… What’s the difference between “I went to the store” and “I have gone to the store?”
I believe you should know the answer if you have studied the previous lessons carefully.
Anyway, who knows the answer? Try to answer the above question before I get angry with you, sorry, before I try to answer! You have one minute to explain it clearly to your classmate, giving its Persian translation.
Did you do it? Great!
Now let’s try together.
“I went to the store” is in simple past tense while “I have gone to the store” is in present perfect tense. Fortunately, the person who has asked this question knows this definition. So, where is the problem?
3- Put the following suffixes at the end of /ræfteh/,
/æm/ – /i:/ – /æst/ – /im/ – /id/ – /ænd/
Result: we have made a verb in present perfect tense.
Now, let’s try again to make a verb in simple past tense.
2- Attach the following suffixes to this verb:
/æm/ – /i:/ – /nothing/ (when the subject is he/she/it) – /im/ – /id/ – /ænd/.
As you see, all the suffixes are the same except for ‘he/she/it’ for which we have no suffix in simple past tense. The difference between these two tenses is that there is /he/ sound between verbs and suffixes in present perfect tense, which does not exist in simple past tense.
Is the answer clear? I know it took more than one minute! But for me it’s ok! You have to be faster than me!
Now let’s translate these two sentences:
I hope the problem is solved. If not, you have run into a problem that this online course cannot help you solve! Contact your local manufacturer!! (Just a joke)
All right, let’s see the quiz.
1- Listen to the audio files first (preferably once). Repeat it for a couple of times. Write it down on a paper. Find their English equivalents. (Seen).
2- Find the Persian equivalent for the following words and make five sentences with each of them (one in simple past tense, negative in simple past, interrogative in simple past, one in present perfect tense, and finally negative in present perfect tense).
To turn off
3- Say these numbers in Persian:
0 – 16 – 29 – 510 – 1001 – 12100 – 19999 – 50000
Ok, now let’s begin:
Last week, we learned how to make a sentence negative in present perfect tense. Today, we’ll practice it a bit more to become more fluent with it. Some of you have asked for more complicated structures, which need a wide variety of words. Please be patient, eh! Let’s do things step by step. In the meantime, we are not ready for more complicated sentences. What I am trying to do at this stage is to help you become acceptably familiar with all tenses using the very simple sentences. When the tenses are over successfully, I can be sure that longer sentences will bring us little difficulties, which can be solved more easily. Let me remind you again that Rome was not built in one day! It may take time to reach your final destination but, at least, you can be sure that what you are doing in this class is by all means a real job, which may not be found anywhere else.
Now, let’s begin!
Today, we need two words, which can help us a lot. Look at the following examples:
1- I haven’t seen him for one week.
2- I haven’t seen him since last week.
Can you guess the words? Perfect! They are ‘for’ and ‘since’ which are mostly used in this tense.
We already know all other words in the above sentences. Let’s try them one by one:
1- I haven’t seen him for one week.
I = subject
Haven’t seen = verb
Him = object
For one week => let’s accept this phrase as our ‘time’ in all sentences. And let’s start our Persian translation with this phrase. We already know ‘one week’ in Persian, which is /yek hæfteh/. Is that correct? Good!
All right, so far we have made this sentence: /yek hæfteh æst keh/, which is the Persian equivalent for ‘for one week’. Now, translate the first part of our above sentence, which is ‘I haven’t seen him’. It should be really easy. It means /mæn u: ra: nædideh æm/. Correct? Wonderful! The problem is gone!
Was it difficult? Of course not!
One more thing,
In the above sentence, you can simply delete the subject, here /mæn/. So, we can say /yek hæfteh æst keh u: ra: nædideh æm/. As you already know, we can easily find the subject of our sentences through the suffixes attached to the verbs. Do you remember it? Perfect!
Let’s see some more examples:
How do you say this sentence in Persian?
He hasn’t seen his book for one week.
Easy, isn’t it?
Need more examples? Try the following:
I haven’t cleaned my computer for one week.
They haven’t written a letter for one year.
Paul hasn’t touched this table for one day.
All right, I think this is enough for today. We’ll take care of ‘since’ next week.
Please go to Useful drills page to keep on working!
Let’s write page is waiting for you if you want to see the main stress of the new words.
See you next week!