Everyday Grammar - Simple Past and Present Perfect You can say, “I have never been to France. A good way to practice the present perfect is to ask an English-speaking friend if he or she has ever done something. Present Perfect and Simple Past 2. Enter the correct She must have been bitten by a mosquito which (get) the disease from another sick Canadian. Check Hint. He's been ill all this week. (this week isn't Le past simple réfère à des situations ou actions dans le passé. My friend has been married three times - and she's only thirty-one (her life is not finished); I've spent a lot of time abroad this year.