present perfect and simple past
sometimes both present perfect and past simple are possible, depending on what you mean, on what you want to underline and on the context of a sentence.
I'd like to know if it is possible to use these two different verb forms in the following sentences:
1 A)He had a bad cold and he hasn't recovered yet
1 B)He has had a bad cold and he hasn't recovered yet
2 A)He gave Melanie a present for her birthday
2 B) He has given Melanie a present for her birthday
3 A) They have got married in London
3 B) The got married in London
Thanks a lot
Re: present perfect and simple past
As a North American speaker of English, I'd have to say that 3A) is ungrammatical, but 3B) is fine. Note that, 'married' a past participle functions as a predicate adjective:
Originally Posted by ripley
They are married.
They were married ~ They got married.
Here 'got' functions as a linking verb. :wink: