Re: simple past-present perfect
I don't feel that this can stand alone. I think it's acceptable here:
Originally Posted by bhaisahab
"R C Postule claims that the idiom was first recorded in a book published in 1743. (However) the idiom existed many years before.We have only to look at the 17th century folksong Woggling in the Grunge' to see..."
If it is not to be taken as meaning 'before now', there needs to be a time-reference point somewhere, in my opinion.
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