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    said vs have said

    Hello, everyone!
    I have a question about the tense. Could you take a look at the below?


    A: I sure I will quit smoking.
    B: You ___________ that millions of times before.
    (a) say (b) said (c) have said (d) had said


    The answer sheet pointed at (c) have said. But I doubt if (b) said is really impossbible here. Is 'have said' is better here than said or is 'said' impossible here?

    Many thanks in advance!
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    Re: said vs have said

    Quote Originally Posted by youngbut View Post
    Hello, everyone!
    I have a question about the tense. Could you take a look at the below?


    A: I sure I will quit smoking.
    B: You ___________ that millions of times before.
    (a) say (b) said (c) have said (d) had said


    The answer sheet pointed at (c) have said. But I doubt if (b) said is really impossbible here. Is 'have said' is better here than said or is 'said' impossible here?

    Many thanks in advance!
    You might hear some Americans using the simple past occasionally. But (c) is correct everywhere. The focus is obviously on the present, on the statement that A made. So the present perfect is correct.

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    Re: said vs have said

    Thank you very much.^^

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    Re: said vs have said

    The first statement has a word missing. It should be "I am sure I will quit smoking".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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