Association between the Simple Past and Emergence of the Present Perfect in EFL Learners’ Writing


Previous research have shown that tense and aspect are acquired in a particular order and tense is usually acquired before aspect. The purpose of this investigation was to test the claim that learners in general must master the simple past (SP) at an accuracy rate of 85.9% before they begin to acquire the present perfect (Bardovi-Harlig, 2001). Fifteen Thai learners of English completed a cloze test, translation test, and a writing test. Results revealed that learners showed an average SP accuracy rate of 72.7% when the present perfect emerged. A strong correlation was also found between the SP accuracy rate and number of use of the present perfect. Explanation of results and implication of the results are discussed.

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Chomraj Patanasorn, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

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Conference: ACLL2013
Stream: Language Learning

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