View Poll Results: Past or Present Perfect

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  • I saw her yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I've seen her. Yesterday, as a matter of fact. :wink:


    'It was' has been omitted.

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    You've changed the punctuation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Is that the existential past perfect?

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    Only in a diontapedal sense.

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    Indeed, if you use "present perfect", you simply mean that the effect of the verb is still going on. But "simple past" signifies an accomplished event, does not it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by s_e_guner
    Indeed, if you use "present perfect", you simply mean that the effect of the verb is still going on. But "simple past" signifies an accomplished event, does not it?
    Welcome! :D

    Yes, that's true, but the present perfect doesn't necessarily mean, 'still on going'. It's more like the event continues up until now, the present moment, then ends or continues on. Consider,

    EX: He died. (He is dead)
    EX: He has died. (He is dead)

    All the best, :D

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    I saw her yesterday

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    I saw her yesterday

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    That wasn't too tricky, was it?

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