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    Cool I lost/ I've lost count

    Hello!

    Can we use the present perfect and the past simple interchangeably here, please?

    "I don't remember, I've lost/lost count!"

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    Re: I lost/ I've lost count

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Can we use the present perfect and the past simple interchangeably here, please?

    "I don't remember, I've lost/lost count!"

    Thank you
    <Will
    I'd use "I've lost count".

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    Re: I lost/ I've lost count

    I would too, but I think that the simple past is also fine there.

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    Re: I lost/ I've lost count

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Can we use the present perfect and the past simple interchangeably here, please?

    "I don't remember, I've lost/lost count!"

    Thank you
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    Not interchangeably, but either might be appropriate. 'I've lost count' is probably appropriate more often (in the UK, that is). But you could say 'The announcement said the train was due in fifteen minutes and I thought I'd try to count the seconds. But I lost count after about five minutes.'

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