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    Default I have bought a car.

    1) Does the sentence

    I have bought a car.

    imply that I have the car now or we just can't know that from this sentence?


    Are all the below sentences possible and correct? What is the difference between them?

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident yesterday and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident today and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident today morning and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I have had an accident today and it is wrecked now.


    2) Does the sentence

    I have got a car.

    imply that the car is my possesion, it can belong to someone else but I can be using it right now or we can't know that from this sentence?


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    Default Re: I have bought a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro8686 View Post
    1) Does the sentence

    I have bought a car.

    imply that I have the car now or we just can't know that from this sentence?

    It means you bought the car recently and you still own that car.


    Are all the below sentences possible and correct? What is the difference between them?

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident yesterday and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident today and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident today morning and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I have had an accident today and it is wrecked now.


    2) Does the sentence

    I have got a car. -- the car is yours now

    imply that the car is my possesion, it can belong to someone else but I can be using it right now or we can't know that from this sentence?


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    Default Re: I have bought a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro8686 View Post
    1) Does the sentence

    I have bought a car.

    imply that I have the car now or we just can't know that from this sentence?


    Are all the below sentences possible and correct? What is the difference between them?

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident yesterday and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident today and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident today should be this morning and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I have had an accident today and it is wrecked now.


    2) Does the sentence

    I have got a car.

    imply that the car is my possesion, it can belong to someone else but I can be using it right now or we can't know that from this sentence?


    Thanks
    I am not a teacher.

    I have got a car. Implies that yes, you have the car in your posession, but it is not clear who owns it. It could be rented, could be borrowed, or could be yours. Also got is redundant. The sentence is better without it.

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    Default Re: I have bought a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    I have got a car. Implies that yes, you have the car in your posession, but it is not clear who owns it. It could be rented, could be borrowed, or could be yours. Also got is redundant. The sentence is better without it.
    Maybe you are not a teacher but you are absolutely right.

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    Default Re: I have bought a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Maybe you are not a teacher but you are absolutely right.
    Thanks! I have been known to be a pain in the proverbial rear about proper language. I think that either in a past life or in one to come, teaching has to be my vocation. Or, just telling people what to do!

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    Default Re: I have bought a car.

    If something you're speaking about is not true anymore (like possibility to drive a car after an accident), Present Perfect is not used.

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    Default Re: I have bought a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by undeddy View Post
    If something you're speaking about is not true anymore (like possibility to drive a car after an accident), Present Perfect is not used.
    Would you like to give an example?

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    Default Re: I have bought a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by undeddy View Post
    If something you're speaking about is not true anymore (like possibility to drive a car after an accident), Present Perfect is not used.
    It is the fact of the purchase and ownership of a car that is implied in the sentence. The car is still presumably owned by the person. Whether it is in a useable condition has nothing to do with the sentences, in my opinon.

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    Default Re: I have bought a car.

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident yesterday and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident today and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident today should be this morning and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I have had an accident today and it is wrecked now

    We do not focus on the action of buying the car in these sentences, so I do not think the use of present perfect is very good here. We focus more on the accident and that the car is wrecked.

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    Default Re: I have bought a car.

    I have bought a car recently but I have had an accident today and it is wrecked now.

    I bought a car recently but I have had an accident today and it is wrecked now.

    I have bought a car recently but I had an accident today and it is wrecked now.

    Which would be your choice?

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