The present perfect is a compound tense in both spanish and English. Compound tenses include two parts: an auxiliary verb and a past participle. In Spanish, the verb haber serves as the auxiliary verb and is conjugated in the present tense to form the first element of the present perfect. The past participle of regular verbs is formed by removing the infinitive ending (-ar, -er, or -ir) and adding -ado for -ar verbs and -ido for -er and -ir verbs.
**The present perfect is used to talk about actions that occured in the past but that continue to affect the present.
**The words and phrases (alguna vez, nunca, ya, hasta ahora, recientemente, todavía, and últimamente are frequently used in conjunction with the present perfect.