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    past/present

    1- He has passed the examination this year.
    or
    He passed the examination this year.

    2- I have seen him today
    or
    I saw him today
    Which ones are correct??

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    Re: past/present

    Both forms of each can be correct.

    For example, if the day still has several hours to go, then "I have seen him" is okay. If the day is just about over, then "I saw" is correct.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: past/present

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Both forms of each can be correct.

    For example, if the day still has several hours to go, then "I have seen him" is okay. If the day is just about over, then "I saw" is correct.
    And which one of the two is more formal?

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    Re: past/present

    Quote Originally Posted by tipu s View Post
    And which one of the two is more formal?
    Neither. Barb-D has explained the difference; it is a matter of time-reference, not of formality.

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