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Thread: Have vs. Did

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    Default Have vs. Did

    I'm not sure what the difference in meaning is between using (for example) "Have you been to the shops?" and "Did you got the shops?". I think they both imply that the action took place in the past but I don't know what the difference is between them.
    Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: Have vs. Did

    Welcome, Placcie.

    Present Perfect
    "Have you been to the shops?"

    The event (go to the shops) is important. "when" is not important:

    Max: The new mall looks fabulous.
    Sam: Have you been to the shops?


    Simple Past
    "Did you go to the shops?"

    "when" is important:

    Max: The new mall looks fabulous.
    Sam: When did you go?

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