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    Supachoke is offline Junior Member
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    I'm very confused with tense T-T

    1.What is the difference between "was published" and "has been published"

    2.What is the difference between "It is as you've heard" and "It is as you heard". Or both are correct. for "you've heard" we use this because it's
    recent, right?

    3.If possible, please explain why Americans use past simple instead of present perfect for example " Did you have lunch"?




    Thanks everyone

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    Re: I'm very confused with tense T-T

    Quote Originally Posted by Supachoke View Post
    1.What is the difference between "was published" and "has been published"

    Was published: past tense, passive voice.

    Probably used to describe something no longer published.

    Has been published: present perfect tense, passive voice.


    Probably used to describe something which is still published to this day: an ongoing publication.

    2.What is the difference between "It is as you've heard" and "It is as you heard". Or both are correct. for "you've heard" we use this because it's
    recent, right?

    Well, one motive for choosing the past tense would be if the time of hearing was specified:

    It is as you heard last night.

    It is as you have heard last night
    X

    We couldn't use the perfect tense in such a context.


    3.If possible, please explain why Americans use past simple instead of present perfect for example " Did you have lunch"?

    ......... I'm not sure, but I am sure debates/arguments on such issues have already occurred on this forum. I am English and I would use the present perfect (have + had).


    Thanks everyone
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    Supachoke is offline Junior Member
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    Re: I'm very confused with tense T-T

    2.What is the difference between "It is as you've heard" and "It is as you heard". Or both are correct. for "you've heard" we use this because it's
    recent, right?

    Well, one motive for choosing the past tense would be if the time of hearing was specified:

    It is as you heard last night.

    It is as you have heard last night
    X

    We couldn't use the perfect tense in such a context.

    What if there is no signal words?

    Also, for "was published" and "has been published" what are the meanings of these two, how are they different?


    Thanks

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    Re: I'm very confused with tense T-T

    Quote Originally Posted by supachoke View Post
    3.if possible, please explain why americans use past simple instead of present perfect for example " did you have lunch"?

    well of course americans could ask why the british use present perfect when simple past is adequate, as it very often is. (for example in the above underlined sentence)
    so i guess it is important for students to decide whether to learn american or british english.

    one problem, at least from an american perspective, is that frequent 'unneccesary' use of perfect tense causes a lot of confusion for students of english.
    and 'overuse' of perfect tense inevitably leads to instances of incorrect use.
    2006

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