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    Post present perfect or past simple

    what,s the differnce between these two sentences?
    I have studied my lessons.
    I studied my lessons.


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    Post present perfect or past simple

    what,s the differnce between these two sentences?
    I have studied my lessons.
    I studied my lessons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steven white View Post
    what,s the differnce between these two sentences?
    I have studied my lessons.
    I studied my lessons.
    Both do imply the same thing.

    But, here is the point: You can not add a time indicator in your first sentence; you may or may not put a time indicator in your second sentence.


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    thanks a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Both do imply the same thing.

    But, here is the point: You cannot add a time indicator in your first sentence; you may or may not put a time indicator in your second sentence.
    Says who?
    i. I have studied my lessons.
    Time Indicator:
    I have recently studied my lessons.

    ii. I studied my lessons.

    Time Indicator:
    Last night, I studied my lessons.

    --> Simple Past refers normally to an action that started & finished in the past.
    Present Perfect refers to a recently finished action that started in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Freak View Post
    Says who?
    i. I have studied my lessons.
    Time Indicator:
    I have recently studied my lessons.

    ii. I studied my lessons.

    Time Indicator:
    Last night, I studied my lessons.

    --> Simple Past refers normally to an action that started & finished in the past.
    Present Perfect refers to a recently finished action that started in the past.
    What I mean is this:

    I have studied my lesson yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    What I mean is this:

    I have studied my lesson yesterday.
    No honey!!!
    "Yesterday" is a precise definite signal word referring to an action that occured in the past. -As in the case of "ago"
    -->One may NOT say: I have studied my lesson yesterday.
    Last edited by Trance Freak; 03-Feb-2010 at 20:07.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Freak View Post
    No honney!!!
    "Yesterday" is a precise definite signal word referring to an action that occured in the past. -As in the case of "ago"
    -->One may NOT say: I have studied my lesson yesterday.
    ok thanks..

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    Quote Originally Posted by steven white View Post
    what's the difference between these two sentences?
    I have studied my lessons.
    I studied my lessons.
    Use present perfect tense when you don't mention the time the action happened.
    Ex: I've had breakfast. (The listener just know that you had breakfast, not when you did it)
    Past simple tense is used when you mention the time.
    Ex: I went out last night.
    But I've seen the past simple tense is used even when the speaker/writer doesn't mention the time in American English.

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    Re: present perfect or past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Freak View Post
    Simple Past refers normally to an action that started & finished in the past.
    Present Perfect refers to a recently finished action that started in the past.
    That sums it up.

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