When did you? (Compare with the Past)

Review: Listen to the Pronunciation of ‘Have you ever…?’ Questions here on YouGlish.

In this lesson you will learn how to choose Present Perfect or Past Simple by asking yourself:

  • is it still true?
  • is it finished?
  • is there a specific time reference?

Before you watch, compare these sentences:

  • I’ve worked in Italy.
  • I’ve worked in Italy for 3 months.
  • I worked in Italy.

What’s the difference between them?

Regular -ed endings pronunciation practice


Download the Past -ed endings pronunciation PDF here.

Ask and answer these questions with a Speaking partner if possible:

/t/ sound

  • Have you ever watched the same movie in the cinema more than once?
  • Have you ever cooked for a large group of people?
  • Have you ever worked in a restaurant/hotel?

/d/ sound

  • Have you ever lived in a noisy place?
  • Have you ever organised a public event?
  • Have you ever travelled by yourself?

/id/ sound (extra syllable)

  • Have you ever painted a wall?
  • Have you ever rented a car?
  • Have you ever pretended to be someone else?


Here are some short, natural ways of answering ‘Have you ever‘ questions in Part 1:

Practice: Listen and Repeat (focus on natural intonation)

Have you ever been skiing?

  • No I haven’t but I’d like to.
  • No I haven’t but I wish I could.
  • No I haven’t but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
  • No I haven’t but I’ve always wanted to.
  • No I haven’t – it’s not really my kind of thing.
  • No I haven’t but I’ve been snowboarding.
  • No I haven’t but my (sister/friend etc) HAS.
  • I used to go quite often when I was younger but I haven’t been for a while.
  • Yes, I’ve been skiing quite a few times.
  • I tried it once but I didn’t really enjoy it.

Collocations with ‘go’

  • Have you ever BEEN hiking?
  • Have you ever BEEN on a walking holiday?
  • Have you ever BEEN to university?
  • Have you ever BEEN abroad?

There are lots of different collocations with ‘go’.

Find a nice list on this website.