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    Default question present perfect or past

    I sometimes have to translate from Spanish into English news articles, and I have a doubt on the tense use. Present simple or past: example

    The company announced the launch of a new car model
    Or
    The company has announced the launch of a new car model

    I would really appreciate any advice

    Thank you

    Miriam

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    Default Re: question present perfect or past

    Hello Miriam

    If it is news (i.e. new news), you can use the present perfect. It gives a note of immediacy:

    1. Ford has released details of its new family car, the Model T.

    If you're specifying a time, though, you would need the simple past:

    2. Last night Ford responded to fresh allegations that its new family car, the Model T, was in fact a retread of an earlier model dating from 1908.

    Bye
    MrP

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