Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

SALC - Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

Have you ever seen the rain?


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Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriterJohn Fogerty, his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed the roots rock,  swamp rock, and blues rock genres. Despite their San Francisco Bay Areaorigins, they portrayed a Southern rock style, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern UnCreedence_Clearwater_Revival_1968ited States iconography, as well as political and socially-conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music is still a staple of U.S. radio airplay; the
band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone. Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Rolling Stone ranked the band 82nd on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. Their musical influence can be heard in many genres, including southern rock, grunge, roots rock, and blues.

Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” is a song written by John Fogerty and released as a single in 1971 from the album Pendulum (1970). The song charted highest in Canada, reaching number one on the RPM 100 national singles chart ll stop the rainin March 1971. In the U.S., in the same year it peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (where it was listed as “Have You Ever Seen the Rain? / Hey Tonight”, together with the B-side). On Cash Box pop chart, it peaked at number three. In the UK, it reached number 36. It was the group’s eighth gold-selling single.

Some have speculated that the song’s lyrics are referencing the Vietnam War, with the “rain” being a metaphor for bombs falling from the sky. In his review of the song for Allmusic website, Mark Deming suggests that the song is about the idealism of the 1960s and about it fading in the wake of events such as the Altamont Free Concert and the Kent State shootings and that Fogerty is saying that the same issues of the 1960s still existed in the 1970s but that people were no longer fighting for them. However, Fogerty himself has said in interviews creedence_clearwater_revival_5and prior to playing the song in concert that the song is about rising tension within CCR and the imminent departure of his brother Tom from the band. In an interview, Fogerty stated that the song was written about the fact that they were on the top of the charts, and had surpassed all of their wildest expectations of fame and fortune. They were rich and famous, but somehow all members of the band at the time were depressed and unhappy. Thus the line “Have you ever seen the rain, coming down on a sunny day.” The band split in October the following year after the release of the album Mardi Gras.

John Fogerty released a live version of the song on his The Long Road Home – In Concert DVD which was recorded at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California on September 15, 2005.

This Song will help you to see the structure of the Past Simple, Present Perfect and Future -Will-. Have you noticed it? Will you be able to recognize each tense? 


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Present Perfect


has/have + past participle





I / you / we / they have spoken have not spoken Have I / you / we / they spoken?
he / she / it has spoken He has not spoken Has he / she / it spoken?


1. To emphasize on the result of a past action without mentioning the actual time when it happened:


  •  I have met that girl before.
  • We have discussed this issue a few times.


2. Action performed in a period that has not finished yet (the same day, week, month, etc.):


  •  Have you seen Lacy today? (The day is not over yet.)
  •  I have had several tests this month. (The month has not finished yet.)


3. Action that started in the past and has continued until now. Often used with since (indicating the beginning of action) or for (indicating the duration of action):


  • They have lived here for ten years.
  •  I have not seen her since we left high school.
  • Clare and John have known each other since they were at primary school.


4. It is used to indicate completed activities in the immediate past (with just).


  •  ” He has just taken the medicine.”



Exercises on Present Perfect:

pres-perfExercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4

Exercise 5



Present Perfect


The PRESENT PERFECT TENSE is formed with a present tense form of “to have” plus the past participle of the verb (which can be either regular or irregular in form). This tense indicates either that an action was completed (finished or “perfected”) at some point in the past or that the action extends to the present:


 I have walked two miles already [but I’m still walking].
 I have run the Boston Marathon [but that was some time ago].
 The critics have praised the film Saving Private Ryan since it came out [and they continue to do so].


Find out more information HERE and then practice with the following quizzes.



Present perfect Vs. Simple past





    • Listen to a podcast with explanations on how to use these tenses, from the BBC (Challenging). It includes two quizzes and a “use the grammar” section with examples from other students and feedback about their mistakes.



  • Oxford Practice Grammar – Basic (i-G-Lb-02.44) Unit 16  p. 34-35
  • Grammar Express – Intermediate (i-G-Lb-02.32) Unit 14 p. 58-61
  • Focus on Grammar 3 – Workbook (i-G-Lb-02.41) Unit 19  p. 89-93
  • Test it, Fix it. – Verbs & Tenses – Pre-intermediate (i-G-Lb-02.37) Pages 18-21



English Tenses

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Here we recommend a magnific website that will help you to understand all tenses with which you are having problems. It includes grammar explanations in Spanish, examples and audios…

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Past Tense Comic

Present Perfect for Beginners

The present perfect is formed by the verb “have” and the past participle of the verb:

“I have been to Guadalajara.”

The basic use for this tense is to talk about things that happened in the past, up until now. It doesn’t matter when that happened, or how many times, or how long ago. The only thing that matters is: that it happened 😀

It’s used to talk about previous experiences, specially in this way:

“Have you ever visited Disneyland?”
“Yes, I have.”


Here are some suggestions to practice:




  • Conversation corner card B-11 “Let’s make a date”


These are materials and resources that we have in the SALC:

  • Essential Grammar in Use, unit 17 (Present Perfect, p 44-45)
  • Just American Edition i-G-Lb-02.47, unit 19 (Present Perfect, p 55-56)
  • Focus on Grammar 3, third edition (i-G-Lb-02.41), unit 18 (Present Perfect, pages 202-211). It includes listening activities. Ask for the CD. For more practice, use the Workbook (i-G-Ct-02.41), also unit 18, pages 85 to 88.


  • Present Perfect 2: Irregular Past Participles. To make the present perfect, you need to use HAVE + PAST PARTICIPLE. The past participles of most verbs are formed using -ED, but some common verbs have unusual past participles. In this exercise, you can test your knowledge of irregular past participles.

Present perfect and Simple past (time adverbials)

Time adverbials can help you decide which tense to use. Pay attention to these phrases, identify the time reference, and decide what to use.


You can start by studying with this flashcards:

Then you can use the “Learn” option:

You can also practice your spelling (and your listening comprehension) with this dictation exercise:

Play a couple of games to make sure you understood:

And finally, take the test and see how you do:

Past Participles practice

The past participle of the verbs is usually formed by adding “-ed” like the simple past. However, there are many irregular verbs. The past participle is usually the third column of any list of irregular verbs.

Here is a very interesting list of the 50 most common verbs in English. Maybe you can start by memorizing these:

Are you ready to practice? You can start playing this game. Write the past participle of the verb that the boy shows. The correct answers are shown in the list. Black verbs were correct, and the red ones show the correct answer for mistaken verbs.


More webpages to practice those, and other verbs:

Are you ready now? Test yourself! Try this quiz, and see how much you’ve learned. It shows you different forms of the verb, and you type the past participle. Each answer is checked immediately: