Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    106
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Need advice on simple past or present perfect, thx teachers! ^^

    Dear teachers,

    It has been ages since I popped in for advice. Hope everything goes well here and i could see it's blooming. Keep up, teachers!
    I just wondered if I should use simple past or present perfect in the following sentence. Please advise, thanks sooooo much.

    Q1.
    While we are waiting for Mum, let me show you the great pictures I ( took or have taken???) in Peru.

    Q2.
    Jane: Have you seen Sam? It's already 8:00p.m. and he's usually on time.
    Ian: No, they (just called or have just called???) me. They have just missed a bus and are on their way.

    Bunch of thx for advising, teachers. Help Wanted

  2. #2
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,570
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Need advice on simple past or present perfect, thx teachers! ^^

    1. While we are waiting for Mum, let me show you the great pictures I took in Peru.

    2.
    Jane: Have you seen Sam? It's already 8:00p.m. and he's usually on time.
    Ian: No, but they just called me. They are on their way. They missed a bus, which is why they will be late.

    ~R

  3. #3
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,570
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile Re: Need advice on simple past or present perfect, thx teachers! ^^

    P.S. Assuming that you agree with the changes, tell me why they should be made.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    106
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Need advice on simple past or present perfect, thx teachers! ^^

    Thanks, teacher RonBee! However, I don't know why they should be made. Did you want me to explain? I am a little puzzled.

  5. #5
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,570
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile Re: Need advice on simple past or present perfect, thx teachers! ^^

    Okay. Let's have a go at it.
    While we are waiting for Mum, let me show you the great pictures I took in Peru.
    The word "took" is not even a verb in that sentence. It is part of the noun phrase "the great pictures I took in Peru". (What kind of pictures are they? They are the citures I took in Peru.) It would be a verb in this sentence:
    I took those pictures in Peru.
    In any case, we only use past perfect when talking about something that occurred before another specific event.

    Let's look at the other one.
    Jane: Have you seen Sam? It's already 8:00p.m. and he's usually on time.
    Ian: No, but they just called me. They are on their way. They missed a bus, which is why they will be late.
    Jane is worried about Sam. He is late, which is not like him. She asks Ian if he knows anything. Ian replies that "they" have just called (very recently called) him and that they are on their way. (They should be arriving soon.) He adds that they will be late because they missed a bus. (They probably caught a later bus.)

    There!

    Is that helpful?


Similar Threads

  1. i need urgent help
    By nita in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-Sep-2009, 13:13
  2. A strange use of tense
    By shun in forum Linguistics
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 18-Sep-2006, 02:45
  3. Present perfect and past simple in America
    By Aurimas in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 31-Jul-2006, 13:48
  4. Present perfect vs Past simple
    By pidr1nhu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Apr-2006, 05:17
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 18-Apr-2006, 17:18

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •