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    What did you learn today? VS. What have you learned today?

    The latter one does make sense? If so, what is the difference between them and when can we use the latter one? Thank you so much as usual and take good care.

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    Default Re: What have you learned today?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    What did you learn today? VS. What have you learned today?

    The latter one does make sense? If so, what is the difference between them and when can we use the latter one? Thank you so much as usual and take good care.
    They are both asking (in past tense) what you had learnt today. There is no difference, and they both make sense.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Default Re: What have you learned today?

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    They are both asking (in past tense)
    No.

    What did you learn? - past simple
    What have you learned? - present perfect.
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    Default Re: What have you learned today?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No.

    What did you learn? - past simple
    What have you learned? - present perfect.
    The fact he said 'today' at the end of the sentence clarifies it as past simple.

    No matter when the question was asked throughout the day, the question would be asking what have they learnt up until that time.
    Last edited by HanibalII; 24-Nov-2012 at 07:33.
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    Default Re: What have you learned today?

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    The fact he said 'today' at the end of sentence clarifies it as past simple.
    NO.

    Whatever meaning they convey, tenses do not change their names simply because they are in the same sentence as an adverbial.

    I hadn't even taken off my coat when the boss called me in to his office this morning
    . Past perfect
    What have you done so far this morning
    ? Present Pefect
    What did you to to upset Mary this morning? Past simple
    I am finishing the report this morning. Present Continuous.
    No matter when the question was asked throughout the day, the question would be asking what have they learnt up until that time.
    No.

    If I ask, "What did you learn today?", I am locating the 'today' in the past. If I ask the question in the evening, I am thinking of 'today' as the time at school, which ended some hours ago.
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    Default Re: What have you learned today?

    Thank you so much again.

    You have solved my worry again and I was wondering if there is another meaning of 'to day' or it was a typo? I am sorry for bothering you a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Thank you so much again.

    You have solved my worry again and I was wondering if there is another meaning of 'to day' or it was a typo? I am sorry for bothering you a lot.
    In context, "to day" might be two words which appear next to each other, but "today" is the correct spelling of the day after yesterday and the day before tomorrow. "To day" in post #5 was a typo (which I am about to correct).
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    Thank you and I saw it in 5jj's reply right above me, and I was trying to find out another meaning of it, but it must have been a typo. Or there must have been another reason he wrote it. What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Thank you and I saw it in 5jj's reply right above me, and I was trying to find out another meaning of it, but it must have been a typo. Or there must have been another reason he wrote it. What do you think?
    See post #7.
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