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    Default possibility of the past simple tense with yet

    Quite a few American speakers tend to use The Past Simple Tense where British would use The Present Perefect. Is it possible to use it instead of the Past Perfect Tense?

    1)"I didn't finish reading the book yet, when he came." Correct?

    2)"I didn't get through reading the book yet,when he came." Correct?

    3)"I wasn't done reading the book yet, when he came." Correct?

    Should I have put The Past Perfect in the first part of each sentence?

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    Default Re: possibility of the past simple tense with yet

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Quite a few American speakers tend to use The Past Simple Tense where British would use The Present Perefect. Is it possible to use it instead of the Past Perfect Tense?

    1)"I didn't finish reading the book yet, when he came." Correct?

    2)"I didn't get through reading the book yet,when he came." Correct?

    3)"I wasn't done reading the book yet, when he came." Correct?

    Should I have put The Past Perfect in the first part of each sentence?
    They are all incorrect. (BrE) In addition, I find them to be illiterate in the extreme.

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    Default Re: possibility of the past simple tense with yet

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They are all incorrect. (BrE) In addition, I find them to be illiterate in the extreme.
    I agree. (AmE)

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