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

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    The reasons given for 'having to use' the perfect tense are not valid. Simple past works perfectly well.

    British English uses perfect tense more than American English does. But the present perfect sentences have no advantage over the simple past sentences.

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

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    The reasons given for 'having to use' the perfect tense are not valid. Simple past works perfectly well.

    British English uses perfect tense more than American English does. But the present perfect sentences have no advantage over the simple past sentences.
    Eg I have lived in France for two years. Have is still optional to you, isn't it?!

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

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    Eg I have lived in France for two years. Have is still optional to you, isn't it?!
    No, it's not optional in that sentence if you are still living there.

    So sometimes, using present perfect is the only correct way to say something. But very often using present perfect is just one of the ways to say something. The problem is that sometimes students are incorrectly taught that only present perfect is correct in a certain sentence, when in fact simple past tense is also correct in that sentence.
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    Re: The differences between "have sent" and "sent" ?

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    No, it's not optional in that sentence if you are still living there.

    So sometimes, using present perfect is the only correct way to say something. But very often using present perfect is just one of the ways to say something. The problem is that sometimes students are mistakenly taught that only present perfect is correct in a certain sentence.
    Accordingly, that is an international teaching problem! May you 2006 help teachers, native speakers, academics, students and learners grasp The rule?

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

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    Accordingly, that is an international teaching problem! May you 2006 help teachers, native speakers, academics, students and learners grasp The rule?
    'The rule' is that you have to use perfect tense when it is needed to express your intended meaning, as in your "have lived in France" sentence.

    You don't need perfect tense in sentences like 'I sent the letter this week.' Adding "have" adds nothing to the meaning of the sentence.
    If simple past tense expresses your meaning clearly, that's all you need.


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