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    The difference about the two sentences

    Can anybody tell me the difference of the following two sentences:

    1, He has often described to me how he picked up a masterpiece for a mere $50.
    2, He often describes to me how he picked up a masterpiece for a mere $50.


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    Re: The difference about the two sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by deebar View Post
    Can anybody tell me the difference of between the following two sentences:

    1, He has often described to me how he picked up a masterpiece for a mere $50.
    2, He often describes to me how he picked up a masterpiece for a mere $50.
    #1 suggests that the describing started in the past and continued, at intervals, up to the present time. #2 say only that it happens regularly in the general present. There is not a great deal in difference in practice; both could be used to describe the same series of event, though only #1 would be used if the describing stopped recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    #1 suggests that the describing started in the past and continued, at intervals, up to the present time. #2 say only that it happens regularly in the general present. There is not a great deal in difference in practice; both could be used to describe the same series of event, though only #1 would be used if the describing stopped recently.

    Thank you very much!

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