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    American or British way?

    I am studying a grammar book talking about the uses of the Present Perfect tense.
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    In American English, the 'Simple Past' is often used instead of the 'Present Perfect tense'
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    1. I just arrived.
    2. He didn't do it yet.

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    1. I've just arrived.
    2. He hasn't done it yet.

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    When I sit for an open examination, shall I answer the questions in American or British way?

    Thank you.

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    Re: American or British way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    When I sit for an open examination, shall I answer the questions in American or British way?
    NOT A TEACHER

    It doesn't matter.

    By the way, speakers of BrE also say, 'I'm not hungry. I just had lunch.' In British English, the present perfect or past simple can be used with just, already and yet.*

    *English Grammar in Use (4th edition), p. 300.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 17-Oct-2012 at 15:34. Reason: additional info

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    Re: American or British way?

    British exams accept American English and spelling- just try to be consistent.

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    Re: American or British way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    British exams accept American English and spelling- just try to be consistent.
    Tdol,

    Do you mean I'd better use either British or American way on the same piece of writing?

    Thank you.
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    Re: American or British way?

    Yes.

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