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    Present Perfect Simple and exact date in the past?

    Hi,

    I've just seen the official trailer of Godzilla movie at YT at this url: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiBtiBPRP-Q
    And I've heard this sentence at 1:10.
    'In 1954... we have awaken something.'

    I'm confused because as I know mixed usage of exact date in tha past and Present Perfect is sensless.

    Could you explain it to me?

    Thanks

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    Re: Present Perfect Simple and exact date in the past?

    Quote Originally Posted by toma-student View Post
    Hi,

    I've just seen the official trailer of Godzilla movie at YT at this url: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiBtiBPRP-Q
    And I've heard this sentence at 1:10.
    'In 1954... we have awaken something.'

    I'm confused because as I know mixed usage of exact date in tha past and Present Perfect is sensless.

    Could you explain it to me?

    Thanks
    The voice says "in 1954 we awakened something".

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    Re: Present Perfect Simple and exact date in the past?

    Quote Originally Posted by toma-student View Post
    Hi,

    I've just seen the official trailer of Godzilla movie at YT at this url: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiBtiBPRP-Q
    And I've heard this sentence at 1:10.
    Yes, this is difficult. But you've seen the trailer, and you heard that sentence. At a specific time while watching that trailer (at 1:10), you heard that sentence.
    You could also say, "I've just heard this sentence".
    Another example:
    "I was just outside and I saw a black cat" not "I was just outside and I've seen a black cat", but again you can say, "I've just seen a black cat." The point is that if you nominate a time when you saw or heard something (when you were watching the trailer, or when you went outside) that counts as a specific time for purposes of using the past tense.

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    Re: Present Perfect Simple and exact date in the past?

    @bhaisahab: Oh, I misheard it :)
    @Raymott: Well, I made the mistake in the post that I thought I had pointed out in the trailer. Epic fail :)
    Thanks a lot!
    Last edited by toma-student; 06-Mar-2014 at 21:44.

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