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    Cool Present perfect or past simple

    Hello!

    Is the use the present perfect correct, here, please?


    "Helen has decided to go on holiday, this is postcard from her".

    Thanks a lot
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    Default Re: Present perfect or past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Is the use the of present perfect correct, here, please?

    "Helen has decided to go on holiday, this is postcard from her".
    Yes - if the postcard is giving you the news of her decision.
    Unlikely if the postcard is from the holidaying Helen.

    Incidentally, a semi-colon would be better than a comma between these independent clauses.

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    Cool Re: Present perfect or past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Yes - if the postcard is giving you the news of her decision.
    Unlikely if the postcard is from the holidaying Helen.

    Incidentally, a semi-colon would be better than a comma between these independent clauses.


    Thank you 5.

    So if the postcard is from the holidaying Helen, would it be better to write:

    Helen has decided to go on holiday ; this is a postcard from her. ?

    Thank you
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    Default Re: Present perfect or past simple

    "This is A postcard from her"

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    Default Re: Present perfect or past simple

    So if the postcard is from the holidaying Helen, would it be better to write:

    Helen has decided to go on holiday ; this is a postcard from her.
    Yes, though I, as a speaker of BrE, would be more likely to say, "Helen decided..."

    Thanks, montfan; sorry, Will. I didn't spot the missing article.

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    Default Re: Present perfect or past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Yes, though I, as a speaker of BrE, would be more likely to say, "Helen decided..."

    Thanks, montfan; sorry, Will. I didn't spot the missing article.
    I wouldn't use the present perfect there. I agree with your previous comments:
    "Yes - if the postcard is giving you the news of her decision.
    Unlikely if the postcard is from the holidaying Helen."

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    Default Re: Present perfect or past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I wouldn't use the present perfect there. I agree with your previous comments:
    "Yes - if the postcard is giving you the news of her decision.
    Unlikely if the postcard is from the holidaying Helen."
    Your words appear to suggest that I did use the present perfect. Have I missed something?

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