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    Default 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?

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    Default 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".

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    Default 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".

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