2.Present Perfect Dialogs
by Rick Shur
The Job Interview
Ms. Green: Have you ever had an interview with us before?
Palmer: No, I haven’t.
Ms. Green: Can you drive?
Palmer: Yes, I’ve had my license for five years.
Ms. Green: Have you ever had an accident?
Palmer: I crashed once while trying to park.
Ms. Green: I see. Have you ever been arrested?
Palmer: I was arrested once for drinking and fighting.
Ms. Green: I see. Mr. Palmer, why do you want to work for us?
Palmer: I’ve never driven a truck before. I think it might be fun.
Ms. Green: Have you ever been seriously ill?
Palmer: I was in the hospital once after somebody stabbed me with a knife, but I’ve never been sick.
Ms. Green: I see. Well, thanks for coming.
Palmer: But we’ve just started the interview.
Ms. Green: Yes, but I think I’ve heard enough. We’ll let you know if anything becomes available.
Palmer: I’ve always been a hard worker.
Ms. Green: I’m sure you have. Thank you for dropping by.
Palmer: I’ve never missed a day of work, except when I’ve been in jail.
Ms. Green: I’m sure you’re very reliable. It’s been a pleasure.
Palmer: I’ve only been in jail three or four times in my whole life.
Ms. Green: That’s wonderful news. Our secretary will help you find the door. Bye-bye!
The Exper[the_ad_placement id=”auto”]iment
Henry: Dr. James, we’re ready to begin the experiment.
Dr. James: Have you prepared the monkey’s food?
Henry: Yes, I have.
Dr. James: Have you tied the monkey to the chair yet?
Henry: Yes, I’ve done that, too. I did it early this morning.
Dr. James: Have you put the blindfold over the monkey’s eyes?
Henry: No, I haven’t done that yet.
Dr. James: Well, do it now.
Henry: Wait a minute… Where is he?
Dr. James: I don’t know, Henry. I haven’t worked with him since yesterday. When did you tie him to the chair?
Henry: I tied him up at about 8 o’clock this morning.
Dr. James: Have you checked on him since you tied him up?
Henry: No, I haven’t. I’ve been busy preparing the special bananas.
Dr. James: Oh, my God! That means Boo Boo has escaped!
Henry: I can’t believe it. I tied him up so carefully.
Dr. James: He’s always been a very smart monkey, Henry. In fact, he’s always been a little smarter than you.
Henry: I’m sorry, Dr. James. It won’t happen again.
Dr. James: I haven’t performed a good experiment since the day you started working here!
Now find that monkey, or you’ll eat those bananas!
Henry: But Doctor! Those bananas might be deadly!
Dr. James: We haven’t proven it yet.
Henry: But if I die, we will prove it!
Dr. James: And we’ll also save the life of a very intelligent monkey.