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    Default present perfect question

    There is a National Tournament going on. Our runner has won five golden medals so far. (easy one)

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    National Tournament is over. Our runner has won/won six golden medals!

    National Tournament is still going on, but our runner will not take part in any more competition-she won six golden medals all together.

    Our runner won/has won six golden medals in last tournament!

    I am confused because N T is over which suggests that past simple should be used, but on the other hand "our runner" is still alive so she/he can win more medals yet in her/his life. Please, help!

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    Default Re: present perfect question

    If the tournament is over, then the past makes more sense. The runner can win more medals, but not in that tournament. However, if the tournament has only just finished, then the present perfect would work.

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    Default Re: present perfect question

    So it is not general ability of a subject but ability of subject+situation to last and generate new events :) Thank you! That is right, otherwise we would say everything about living people in present perfect! I got it! Thank you!

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