View Poll Results: I ...... them for the last month.

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    #1

    Past or Present Perfect?

    Why?


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    Re: Past or Present Perfect?

    I haven't seen them for the last one month.

    It is still going on that I have not seen them the whole last month until now. That's why I use present perfect here. Am I right? Thanks.

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    Re: Past or Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Why?
    Because it's a period of time. Though it's strange to me. I'd say for a month instead .

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    #4

    Re: Past or Present Perfect?

    Say "I haven't seen them...." (present perfect). That is because it is ongoing. I haven't seen them for a month and I still haven't seen them (up to the present).

    Like Harry, I would say for a month.

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    #5

    Re: Past or Present Perfect?

    Hi

    I haven`t seen them for a month [ unfinished action- the process is still going on]
    I didn`t see them last month.[ past action- finished]


    Regards,

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    #6

    Re: Past or Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi

    I haven`t seen them for a month [ unfinished action- the process is still going on]
    I didn`t see them last month.[ past action- finished]


    Regards,
    That is right.

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    Re: Past or Present Perfect?

    my guess is correct
    I haven't seen
    thank you


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    for : Present Perfect but For The Last Month! Last Month ended ! So what we use for the ended time?.....
    Past Simple....


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    Question Re: Past or Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi
    I haven`t seen them for a month [ unfinished action- the process is still going on]
    I didn`t see them last month.[ past action- finished]
    Regards,
    If ıt was "for a month" yes yours is the correct one but it is "for the last one month"...

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    #10

    Re: Past or Present Perfect?

    For the last month = in the period equal to a month coming up to now (not a calendar month, but an unfinished 30-day period), so it's prenet perfect.

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