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    The differences between "have sent" and "sent" ?

    Hi, Can anyone here let me know when using "have sent" and when using "sent" instead. Please ! I'm not a native English speaker. Thanks to all.

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    Re: The differences between "have sent" and "sent" ?

    Eg I sent it yesterday/ We sent it last week. => There is a rupture between today and yesterday/last week - simple past

    Eg I have just sent it/ We have sent it in the morning. => There is no rupture as the day is the same - present perfect.

    Pay attention, it is getting common in spoken English to use the simple past while it should be the present perfect. Eg I did it earlier (same day). That is not correct in formal English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Hi, Can anyone here let me know when using "have sent" and when using "sent" instead. Please ! I'm not a native English speaker. Thanks to all.
    I have sent the letter this week. (The present perfect is used when the time period has NOT finished, as ‘this week’ means the time is continuing)
    I sent the letter last week. (The simple past is used when the time period HAS finished; ‘last week’ is finished)

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    Re: The differences between "have sent" and "sent" ?

    Well, it usually depends on the context, but I'll try to point out a basic difference.

    Sent - when there is a specific time
    * I sent the letter yesterday.

    Have sent - to refer to an action that started some time in the past and has just finished. Also when there's no specific time

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    Re: The differences between "have sent" and "sent" ?

    Thanks to all, let me ask more a question please, when I reply to your posts I want to post a sentence like "my trouble was solved !", Should it be "my trouble was solved" or "my trouble has been solved" ? What should it be when I chat lively with a person and when I post my words to a forum ? Thanks

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    Re: The differences between "have sent" and "sent" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Thanks to all, let me ask more a question please,

    when I reply to your posts I want to post a sentence like "my trouble was solved !", Should it be "my trouble was solved" or "my trouble has been solved" ? My problem has been solved meaning from now on it will be OK!

    What should it be when I chat lively with a person and when I post my words to a forum ?
    That is better to speak/write a grammatical English. However, as you like as long as you are understood.

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    Re: The differences between "have sent" and "sent" ?

    what nonsense!

    "have" is not needed in any of the sentences in the previous posts.

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    Re: The differences between "have sent" and "sent" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    Eg I sent it yesterday/ We sent it last week. => There is a rupture between today and yesterday/last week - simple past

    Eg I have just sent it/ We have sent it in the morning. => There is no rupture as the day is the same - present perfect. What's magic about the same day? (or the same week)

    Pay attention, it is getting common in spoken English to use the simple past while it should be the present perfect. Says who?

    Eg I did it earlier (same day). That is not correct in formal English. Says who?


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    Re: The differences between "have sent" and "sent" ?

    In all the previous posts there is no need using have... Explain

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    Re: The differences between "have sent" and "sent" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    what nonsense!

    "have" is not needed in any of the sentences in the previous posts.
    did you mean using 'sent' only in any case. Can you give me some examples please. Don't use verbal grammar please. The exact grammar must be in writing not speaking. Thanks !

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