Results 1 to 3 of 3

    • Join Date: Jan 2007
    • Posts: 1,740
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    yesterday vs present perfect

    She has been in this forum for 5 hours yesterday.

    I learned that we should use the word "yesterday" only with a simple past tense.
    e.g. I received the document yesterday. [correct]
    I have received the document yesterday. [wrong]

    But in the highlighted sentence it has been used with present perfect tense.

    So I am confused.

    Could you help me on this?


    • Join Date: Jun 2007
    • Posts: 18
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: yesterday vs present perfect

    The present perfect refers to a state that exists in the present, not the past. If you refer to the past you need to use since or for. "She has been browsing the forum for a week" or "She has been browsing the forum since yesterday".

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Apr 2007
    • Posts: 4,161
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: yesterday vs present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    She has been in this forum for 5 hours yesterday.

    I learned that we should use the word "yesterday" only with a simple past tense.
    e.g. I received the document yesterday. [correct]
    I have received the document yesterday. [wrong]

    But in the highlighted sentence it has been used with present perfect tense.

    So I am confused.

    Could you help me on this?
    The highlighted sentence is not a good one. 'She was in this forum for 5 hours yesterday.' is correct.

    "I have received the document yesterday." is wrong because it contains the totally useless word "have".

Similar Threads

  1. i need urgent help
    By nita in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-Sep-2009, 14:13
  2. present perfect tense & present perfect continuous tense
    By *zaizai~love* in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 30-Oct-2008, 23:06
  3. present perfect 1
    By bayan said in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Jul-2006, 18:31
  4. Past Perfect / Present Perfect
    By jack in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 25-Feb-2005, 17:36

Posting Permissions

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