Two jealous twin brothers are fighting over the same girl. Eventually one of them commits a robbery and Detective Frank Novotny and the audience have to work out which one of them did it. The key to solving the case is understanding the how present perfect tense is used in English.
Frank Novotny and the Case of the Present Perfect is the story of two identical twin brothers who are fighting over the same girl. They both promise to buy her a pair of earrings that she likes, but the earrings finally get stolen. The students in the audience have to work out which of the twins did it. The key to the solution lies in how they used the present perfect tense. The main purpose of the show is to introduce and practice the present perfect tense, especially how it can be used to introduce news. The text of the show is full of examples of the present perfect and the main examples of how the present perfect is used in English are pre-taught before the actual story is played. Finally the solution to the problem hinges around the use of the present perfect for presenting news and so the most significant grammar from the beginning of the show is repeated at the end. The story is very popular with students because of it's main themes of love, drugs and jelousy. But the point of the show is to support English teachers by (once more) explaining this complicated piece of English grammar to students.
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