- For Teachers
1) If time of a very recent event ( the event has started and finished in the past, perhaps just a few seconds ago ) is not known, but there are no consequences in the present, do we still use present perfect or can we also use past simple?
2) “I have bought a car.”
You would use the above tense if you wanted to express that action has an effect on present in a sense that you now have a car.
a) But when would you choose to use past simple instead:
“I bought a car.”
Only when you had specific time in your mind, or if you didn’t have that car anymore?
b) Couldn’t you also use past simple even if you still have this car?
Last edited by engpoem; 30-Sep-2008 at 19:34.