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    Default What have I lost right now

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    Is it alright to use present perfect or should use other tense?

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    Default Re: What have I lost right now

    Quote Originally Posted by Supachoke View Post
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    Is it alright to use present perfect or should use other tense?

    Thank you
    Dear Supachoke:

    Could you add a bit more context? As it stands, 'What I have lost right now' does not sound natural to my ear.

    Thanks,

    Petra

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    Default Re: What have I lost right now

    To me, "what have I lost just now" or "what did I lose just now" sounds better, although I can't think of a real life context for them.

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    Default Re: What have I lost right now

    Quote Originally Posted by paulmoss View Post
    To me, "what have I lost just now" or "what did I lose just now" sounds better, although I can't think of a real life context for them.
    If you don't have the thing you've lost e.g: (A key), say: I've lost my key. means you don't have it right now. (at the moment of speaking)

    But if at the same situation above, and don't have the key, you should say: I lost my key.

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    Default Re: What have I lost right now

    With the way the stock market is, MANY people are asking

    What have I lost as of now?

    or

    What have I lost so far?

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    Default Re: What have I lost right now

    Quote Originally Posted by Supachoke View Post
    "What have I lost right now?"
    You could say:
    What have I lost?

    or

    What did I lose?
    Neither of them really makes sense, because how could you not know what you lost? Also, if you don't know what you lost how do you know you lost it?


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    Default Re: What have I lost right now

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    You could say:
    What have I lost?

    or

    What did I lose?
    Neither of them really makes sense, because how could you not know what you lost? Also, if you don't know what you lost how do you know you lost it?

    Perhaps the person is suffering from temporary amnesia. He feels he's lost something but can't remember what exactly. What confuses me is 'right now'. Can it be used for past reference? If we substitute 'just now' (which equals 'a moment ago'), there is no doubt past simple should be used: What did I lose just now?'

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    Default Re: What have I lost right now

    Howspeak the english reqularly

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    Default Re: What have I lost right now

    A: What did I lose?
    B: I don't know. What are you missing?


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