International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

THE LICENSING OF THE ENGLISH PRESENT PERFECT TENSE BY TURKISH ADULTS
Assist. Prof. Dr. Turkay Bulut

Abstract
Turkish has no form that expresses the present perfect; the past suffix –DI is used for this function. This study aims at investigating how Turkish adult learners of English as a foreign language license the English present perfect tense in their interlanguage. We hypothesized that our participants would use the simple past tense instead of the present perfect tense especially when there is no overt time adverbial and that among the perfect types, they would use the U-perfect more correctly when compared to the other types of perfect. The findings seem to support both hypotheses, leading us to conclude that this may be the result of negative transfer from their L1.

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