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    It's tricky because there are so many different uses in different contexts. I'm afraid it's an area of English that does take time and exposure.

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    Default Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

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    Which is correct and why?
    That mean when we have yesterday in the sentece we never put the present perfect?

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    With 'yesterday' we normally use the past tense, but with 'since yesterday' we will tend to use the present perfect.

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    Default Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

    1. I have finished my work.
    2. I finished my work.

    What is the difference between two. I think "1st sentence" is connected with the present situation, recently.




    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    With 'yesterday' we normally use the past tense, but with 'since yesterday' we will tend to use the present perfect.

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    Default Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

    Rajan, you're right- it's connected to now in some way.

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    Itīs rather obvious the use of the simple past since you specified the time of the action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajan
    1. I have finished my work.
    2. I finished my work.

    What is the difference between two. I think "1st sentence" is connected with the present situation, recently.
    As a matter of fact, when time is not specified, both simple past and simple past may be used.However, when you use the present perfect you give more emphasis to the sentence connecting it straight with the present. The difference is that in sentence 1 you probably JUST finished your work.In sentence 2 time is not important for the speaker

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    I think that the answer is 'saw' because is an finished action. The action happened 'yesterday'

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    Default Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

    You're right, Irene.

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    Cool Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Which is correct and why?
    cause the action is aleady finished.

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