Put the verb in brackets into the present perfect, the past simple, or the present simple.
— (try) you ever marmite?
— No, I haven't. (be) What it? Is it some kind of jam?
— (be) It a paste made from yeast extract. (have) It a very special taste and flavour. (try) I it when I visited my friends in Britain.
The present perfect is a present tense and the past simple is a past tense.
If we are talking about some period of time that started and ended in the past (yesterday, last week, two years ago, last summer), we use the past simple (did, went, said, worked etc.).
If the result of the action has to do with the present moment and there is no indication of the finished time period, we use the present perfect (have done, have gone, have been etc.)
This table of the words-indicators will help you choose between the present perfect or the past simple:
last (last Sunday, last month, last year…) ago (five days ago, a week ago) when (when I was a child)
in + year on + date (in 1988, in June, on Monday, on April 26)