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    kohyoongliat is offline Senior Member
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    Default gave / has given

    I know her dog gave / has given birth to four puppies recently.

    I don't think 'gave' is the correct verb. Am I correct?

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    Tdol is online now Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: gave / has given

    Some people say that we use the present perfect with 'recently', but this is incorrect- we use the past and the present perfect, though with the negative the present perfect is more common. I would say both forms could be used there and without more context, the past sounds more natural to me.

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    Default Re: gave / has given

    I thought The Past Simple with recently was a feature of American/Irish English.

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    Default Re: gave / has given

    No, it's common enough in BrE too.

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