Have you ever

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Type: Grammar
Originally published on April 28, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

“Have you ever…” conversation questions are a powerful tool to help English learners improve their conversation skills, grammar, and overall level of English. These questions are designed to prompt learners to speak about their personal experiences, encouraging them to use specific grammatical structures when answering.

By asking questions in the present perfect tense learners are exposed to this grammatical structure in a natural and engaging way. This helps learners become more comfortable and confident in using this tense in their own speech, as they become more familiar with it.

Additionally, answering “Have you ever…” questions requires the use of various adverbs of frequency, such as “often”, “sometimes”, or “never”. These adverbs help learners improve their overall level of English by allowing them to practice expressing the frequency of an action in a clear and concise manner.

Go through the theory of the grammar point to make sure your students fully understand when and how it is used, and then go through the various conversation questions. Try and engage the students in conversation with follow up questions or comments if they only give one short answers.

Grammar Structure

The grammar structure of “Have you ever…” questions and answers use the present perfect tense.

The structure of “Have you ever…” questions is as follows:
[Have/Has] + [subject] + [ever] + [past participle verb] + [object]?


Have you ever traveled abroad?
Have you ever eaten sushi?
Have you ever seen a shooting star?

The structure of answers to “Have you ever…” questions is as follows:
Yes, [subject] + [have/has] + [past participle verb].
No, [subject] + [haven’t/hasn’t] + [past participle verb].


Yes, I have traveled abroad.
No, I haven’t eaten sushi.
Yes, I have seen a shooting star.

"Have you ever..." Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever been on an airplane?
  • Have you ever gone swimming in the ocean?
  • Have you ever eaten pizza?
  • Have you ever ridden a bicycle?
  • Have you ever played a musical instrument?
  • Have you ever watched a movie in English?
  • Have you ever visited a famous landmark or monument?
  • Have you ever cooked a meal from a recipe?
  • Have you ever seen a wild animal?
  • Have you ever gone to a zoo?
  • Have you ever painted a picture?
  • Have you ever danced in public?
  • Have you ever lost something important?
  • Have you ever visited a museum?
  • Have you ever watched a musical?
  • Have you ever written a letter in English?
  • Have you ever climbed a tree?
  • Have you ever sung karaoke?
  • Have you ever broken a bone?
  • Have you ever read a book in English?
  • Have you ever gone fishing?
  • Have you ever ridden on a roller coaster?
  • Have you ever gone camping?
  • Have you ever been to a concert?
  • Have you ever watched a sunrise or sunset?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.