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    Default Verb Tenses

    Plesase Could You Let Me Know The Difference Between, I Had Breakfast This Morning And I've Had Breakfast This Morning.

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    Hello Dot, welcome to Using English!

    1. I had breakfast this morning.
    2. I have had breakfast this morning.

    The verb in #1 (underlined) is an example of the "simple past" tense. The verb in #2 (also underlined) is an example of the "present perfect".

    In very broad terms, you use the "simple past" when you want to say something about an event in the past. You use the "present perfect" when you want to say something about an event in the past that has some connection to the present.

    So you might use #1 in a simple statement about the past:

    3. I had breakfast this morning with Sherlock Holmes.

    While you might use #2 in a statement about the past that related in some way to the present:

    4. No, thank you, I won't have a croissant. I've already had breakfast this morning.

    Does that help?

    All the best,
    MrP

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    Thanks a million.

    Dot

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