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    Default Re: Present Perfect vs Simple Past

    Hi Euncu,

    About an experience life I have always learnt that we must use the present perfet tense.

    See you later.

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    Default Re: Present Perfect vs Simple Past

    Question:Have you ever gone to see a doctor
    Superman:No, I haven't, I don't get sick.

    Q: Did you see the(your) doctor?
    A1:Yes, I did
    A2:No, I haven't seen him yet. I'm still in his waiting room and reading a magazine.


    Here I have examplified what I know about the difference between these two tenses, but what I know is not always necessarily what it should be.(since I'm not a native-speaker)

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    Default Re: Present Perfect vs Simple Past

    The last point you raise --oops - on the prior page! -- depends on how you view yourself in the time spectrum of the day.

    [So far today] I've been to the post office, the bank, and the market today. [But the day is not over because] I'm home for a few minutes, then I have to take Johnny to hockey practice, stop by the church to drop off the items for the rummage sale, and drop off my dry cleaning, which I forgot when I went to the market earlier.

    versus:
    Oh, I had a busy day [and the busy part is over]. I went to the post office, the bank, the market, took Johnny to practice, and dropped off the stuff for the rummage sale and the dry cleaning. Thank goodness Mark's mother will bring the boys home so I can sit still for a few moments.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Present Perfect vs Simple Past

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    If I've understood you right, It is about time, not about action.

    1)I've gone to the market today.(I'm back but It is still today)
    2)I went to the market yesterday.(Yesterday is over,I'm saying it today)

    I've to admit that the first sentence sounds weird since I am not in the market (I'm home now)
    "I have gone to the market today" is incorrect, in English we use the verb "to be" in that context "I have been..." I don't know anything about the Turkish language, but I know that that is problematic for French speakers. In French it's "je suis allé(e) au marché aujourd'hui" or "I am gone to the market today." In English you can't do that, if you are gone, you are not there to say it.

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    Default Re: Present Perfect vs Simple Past

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "I have gone to the market today" is incorrect, in English we use the verb "to be" in that context "I have been..." I don't know anything about the Turkish language, but I know that that is problematic for French speakers. In French it's "je suis allé(e) au marché aujourd'hui" or "I am gone to the market today." In English you can't do that, if you are gone, you are not there to say it.
    I agree with you teacher, in French often we cannot translate directly our mind in English.

    Cordially,

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