Please explain the difference in meaning (if #2 is correct):
1. Have you ever thought about your mother?
2. Did you ever think about your mother?
Is it true that in American English The Past Simple is more often used than in British English?
Thank you in advance.
The only difference I've found is with "just" - as an American, I would be more likely to say "Ew! I just stepped in some gum" or "Yes, I just fed the dogs." Understand my BrE-speaking friends would be more likely to say "I've just" instead of "I just."
Last edited by 5jj; 26-Feb-2013 at 20:03.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Thank you very much. That's clear. Would it be correct to say:
Do you ever think about your mother?
(The context could be important: that's the dialogue between orphans. The phrase, in fact, is "You ever think about your mother?")
Thank you. I was confused by the form of the question, by the word order, to be exact.