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    Thank you.

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    That's alright we're not discussing the Postuguese language here, but this idea of the present perfect that - "It is not primarily a statement of something that happened (although it implies this), but of what the current relationship is" is not expressed like that way in Portuguese. In Portuguese the the sentences would be this way: ... I had my breakfast at 6:30 then I went to work, getting there I had a meeting and so on.
    Thanks a lot.

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    That's alright we're not discussing the Postuguese language here, but this idea of the present perfect that - "It is not primarily a statement of something that happened (although it implies this), but of what the current relationship is" is not expressed like that way in Portuguese. In Portuguese the the sentences would be this way: ... I had my breakfast at 6:30 then I went to work, getting there I had a meeting and so on.
    Thanks a lot.

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    There is an "Other Languages" forum on this site and I, at least, would be very interested in following any discussions that learners might have about their own languages (particularly other European languages) - especially in relation to how they compare to English.

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    this is a very informative thread; very useful.
    now, can someone help me with a question I posed in a new thread I created yesterday:
    I am an ESL teacher in China. I'm stumped on how to explain a particular example of tense - I'm sure my answer is correct, but I don't know which tense category it belongs to. I need to demonstrate that I am correct (if indeed I am) because the Chinese English textbook gives what I think is an incorrect answer.
    this is the example:
    My students had to ask a friend if he/she is afraid of anything. When I asked them to tell me what their friends had said, a student responded, "I asked my friend what she's afraid of and she said she was afraid of spiders".
    I corrected her; I said "you should have said "... and she said she IS afraid of spiders ......" "
    However, the textbook says the answer is "..was afraid.."
    I explained that this means her friend was afraid of spiders in the past, but no longer is, but of course, the students won't have a bar of this, because the text book says so.
    am i right?
    how can I explain this; what tense is it? past perfect? past continuous?

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