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    Past Tense & Present Participle

    Could someone tell me which of the following is correct?

    1. For your information, I spoke to the Manpower Officer yesterday. I would be liaising with him regarding the court dates.

    2. For your information, I have spoken to the Manpower Officer yesterday. I would be liaising with him regarding the court dates.


    "spoke" seems to be correct considering the fact that the incident took place in the past. But "have spoken" sounds to me more natural although I cannot explain why. (Or should it be "had spoken"?)

    Could someone help me?

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    Re: Past Tense & Present Participle

    Hi,
    I vote for #1, because of yesterday.

    Rgs

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    Re: Past Tense & Present Participle

    Quote Originally Posted by spenser View Post
    Could someone tell me which of the following is correct?

    1. For your information, I spoke to the Manpower Officer yesterday. I would be liaising with him regarding the court dates.

    2. For your information, I have spoken to the Manpower Officer yesterday. I would be liaising with him regarding the court dates.

    "spoke" seems to be correct considering the fact that the incident took place in the past. But "have spoken" sounds to me more natural although I cannot explain why. (Or should it be "had spoken"?)

    Could someone help me?
    #1 is grammatically correct and #2 sounds correct.

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    Re: Past Tense & Present Participle

    Either spoke (definiteness) or have spoken (continuity) but not with 'yesterday'. So, #2 is out if you keep 'yesterday'.

    Psst. It's would be that's off. Try, will.

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