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    I quit a ..... vs I've quit a .....

    Hi teachers and fellow learners,

    This question has been with me for years (since high school) now. I remembered my teacher kept telling me to use "I've" instead of just "I". I can't remember the exact context now, but this question kept popping up years later when I write formal documents for work.

    So here's the question, when do I use "have" or "'ve" after "I", and when is it not needed? e.g.
    • I've quit a successful career as a ......
    • I quit a successful career as a .....
    These seem equally correct to me.

    Cheers,
    James

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    Re: I quit a ..... vs I've quit a .....

    Hi James

    To me, the first one is more recent; the second one could be just as recent but it is primarily a statement of fact:


    • I've quit a successful career as a ......
    • I quit a successful career as a .....

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