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    Replacing present perfect simple by present simple

    I have a question if most of the sentences in present perfect simple can be replaced by present simple because it helps me to distinguish between present perfect simple and past simple.


    e.g. I've bought a new bicycle. = I have a new bicycle. Is this method correct or not?

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    Re: Replacing present perfect simple by present simple

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    I have a question if most of the sentences in present perfect simple can be replaced by present simple because it helps me to distinguish between present perfect simple and past simple.


    e.g. I've bought a new bicycle. = I have a new bicycle. Is this method correct or not?
    I'm not sure I understand your question, tom3m. "I've bought a new bicycle. = I have a new bicycle", this is correct. Can you rephrase your question?

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    Re: Replacing present perfect simple by present simple

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    I have a question if most of the sentences in present perfect simple can be replaced by present simple because it helps me to distinguish between present perfect simple and past simple.


    e.g. I've bought a new bicycle. = I have a new bicycle. Is this method correct or not?
    Not quite clear on your question...

    The have in present perfect does not denote possession. It's an auxiliary verb.

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    Re: Replacing present perfect simple by present simple

    I guess Tom3m is trying to find a connection of an event with the present time or a result that a finished action has now.

    I've broken my leg = my leg is in plaster and I cannot play football today
    Nick's gone to the shops = he is there or on his way there
    I've seen this film = I know what it is about and can comment on it

    It seems to me all sentences that use the Present Perfect can be rewritten this way; however, I don't believe it's a good method to distinguish between the present perfect and the past simple. Here:

    I had lunch fiften minutes ago = I'm not hungry now

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    Re: Replacing present perfect simple by present simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    I don't believe it's a good method to distinguish between the present perfect and the past simple. Here:

    I had lunch fiften minutes ago = I'm not hungry now
    You have a good point, Verona.

    The method also does not help with such examples as:

    I have worked in Germany.

    Working in the past in Germany is part of my whole-life experience, but we cannot turn this sentence into one with a present tense of work.

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    Re: Replacing present perfect simple by present simple

    You could also say I bought a new bike (yesterday) = I have a new bike.

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