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

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    Default Re: Past or Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by EGrammar_Learner View Post
    I haven't seen them for the last one month.
    No. Say:
    I haven't seen them for the last month (or "for a month").
    Delete one.


    Quote Originally Posted by EGrammar_Learner View Post
    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.
    Simplify! Say:
    I haven't seen them for a whole month.
    That is present perfect.

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    Thanks all .. it's very important....

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    Default Re: Past or Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    No. Say:
    I haven't seen them for the last month (or "for a month").
    Delete one.





    Simplify! Say:
    I haven't seen them for a whole month.
    That is present perfect.
    I haven't seen them for the last month ( the process is continuing.)= I might have seen them before the last month.But I didn't see them in 30 days.

    Is this right?

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    Here Have'nt seen them is being used because the process is still going on

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    "for last time" this is be used for perfect tense!

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    Default Re: Past or Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by houlun View Post
    I haven't seen them for the last month ( the process is continuing.)= I might have seen them before the last month.But I didn't see them in 30 days.

    Is this right?
    Yes, a month has gone by since you have seen those people. You haven't seen them for thirty days.

    (My apologies for not responding to this one sooner.)

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    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]


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    so we use the present perfect if we haven't finished the action (havent't seen)but is you finished it you usedidn't see

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    Quote Originally Posted by diana monzon View Post
    so we use the present perfect if we haven't finished the action (havent't seen)but is you finished it you usedidn't see
    Yes, but present perfect has some other uses ,as well.

    e.g. We have just finished our lunch - recently finished action
    I have already written three letters this morning - recently finished action
    Have you finished your dinner yet?- asking if an action has been completed
    You can go out as soon as you have had your lunch - future actions in time clauses.
    I have seen that film but I don`t mind watching it again - past actions completed in an unspecified time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Why?
    I think we have to use Haven't seen
    because when we ask about this meaning we use Have you seen them?
    best regards

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    Default Re: Past or Present Perfect?

    its ok
    -i haven't undrestaned the present parefect
    plz give as ather exmples

    thank you

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