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    Default present perfect2

    Dear sir,
    Again the present perfect is bothering me especially after I found these two
    sentences:
    A- I've accepted an invitation to Terry's house for dinner.
    B- I received an invitation to Jannet's party,I can't wait to go!
    Why is the present perfect used in the first sentence but the simple past in the second one?

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    Hi Bayan

    This is my first reply post, so I hope I get it right!

    A- I've accepted an invitation to Terry's house for dinner.

    You use the present perfect to show that something has happened in the past but is unfinished, or to show when a past action is relevant now. So you accepted the invite (past), but the sentence sounds like you haven't yet had dinner at Terry's house, so this is an unfinished action.

    B- I received an invitation to Jannet's party,I can't wait to go!

    I think the sentence should be broken up into 2, i.e. 'I received an invitation to Janet's party. I can't wait to go!' This makes it easier to explain why you need to use the past simple. 'I received an invitation to Janet's party.' is then just about what has happened in the past, the action has happened, it is finished.

    Hope that was helpful.

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    Default Re: present perfect2

    Bayan, do you have more context for them? It depends a lot on the context- the first could be because the acceptance is very recent, or is news to the listener. However, you could also use the past there.

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