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    Default present perfect / simple past sentence

    Hello,

    What do you think about this sentence: Should it be in the present perfect or simple past?

    1) Ever since he has become a doctor, he just came straight home and took care of his family.

    Should I change the above sentence into one below? Are the sentences below correct grammaticaly?

    a) Ever since he became a doctor, he has come straight home and taken care of his family.

    b) Ever since he has become a doctor, he has come straight home and taken care of his family.

    c) He has come straight home and taken care of his family ever since he became a doctor.

    d) He became a doctor. Ever since, he has come straight home and taken care of his family.

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    Default Re: present perfect / simple past sentence

    we use present perfect for something which has started in the past and its results are obvious till now. Therefore I'd say:
    Ever since he became a doctor, he goes straight home and takes care of his family.
    I hope it's right.

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    Default Re: present perfect / simple past sentence

    a,c & d are OK. Becoming a doctor is finished, so should be in the past tense.

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