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    Default Regarding past tense.

    Sentence : "I just saw your reply" or "I just see your reply."

    My question:Which tense is correct in this sentence and why ? Please tell.

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    Default Re: Regarding past tense.

    You can say 'I have just seen your reply'.

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    Default Re: Regarding past tense.

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    Sentence : "I just saw your reply" or "I just see your reply."

    My question:Which tense is correct in this sentence and why ? Please tell.

    Regards and thanks
    "I saw your reply"= "at sometime in the past I saw your reply". "I have just seen your reply" = "A few moments ago your reply has come before my eyes". "I just saw..." is incorrect in BrE.

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    Default Re: Regarding past tense.

    Thanks, I got it. Thanks everybody. And nice to see you sir(Bhaisahab) after a long time.

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    Default Re: Regarding past tense.

    For long I was using the word "just" before the word "saw". Today I get to know that I was using wrong English. Thanks once again sir.

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    Default Re: Regarding past tense.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "I saw your reply"= "at sometime in the past I saw your reply". "I have just seen your reply" = "A few moments ago your reply has come before my eyes". "I just saw..." is incorrect in BrE.
    I just saw your reply. And in AmE this would be a very common thing to say, especially when we are perusing our emails. It is equivalent to saying, "I saw your reply just now." Would that also be incorrect in BrE?

    We would not, by the way, say, "I just see your reply." The word "just" places it in the recent past and "see" implies the present. One might say, "I just see your one reply, not the two replies that you say you have sent." In that case "just" means "only." I wonder if this is the same in BrE.

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    Default Re: Regarding past tense.

    I saw your reply just now- This is fine in BrE
    Maybe I am more forgiving than Bhaisahab, but I wouldn't regard I just saw as an error, though the present perfect is much more common.

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    Default Re: Regarding past tense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I saw your reply just now- This is fine in BrE
    Maybe I am more forgiving than Bhaisahab, but I wouldn't regard I just saw as an error, though the present perfect is much more common.
    I agree "I just saw" is used colloquially, but any student of English would be wise to avoid it and use the present perfect "I've just seen".

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