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    started or has started

    Teachers,

    It looks like it started to rain.
    It looks like it's(it has) started to rain.

    Which of the above is grammatically correct?
    Even both are acceptable, please tell me the "more correct one"?

    Thank you.


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    Re: started or has started

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    Teachers,

    It looks like it started to rain.
    It looks like it's(it has) started to rain.

    Which of the above is grammatically correct?
    Even both are acceptable, please tell me the "more correct one"?

    Thank you.
    Yes, both are correct. However, one might consider that the better choice here is "has started to rain".

    The reason is that such an observation about the rain starting, I would say, is likely to be spoken not too long after the rain starts.

    Sometimes we are more inclined to use the present perfect for complete actions or events that are recent. However, it is not wrong to use the simple past.
    Last edited by PROESL; 05-Sep-2009 at 06:11.


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    Re: started or has started

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    Yes, both are correct. However, one might consider that the better choice here is "has started to rain".

    The reason is that such an observation about the raining starting, I would say, is likely to be spoken not too long after the rain starts.

    Sometimes we are more inclined to use the present perfect for complete actions or events that are recent. However, it is not wrong to use the simple past.
    Thank you. Now it's all clear.
    By the way I used to live in a town called Holbrook, next town to Randolph.
    Wonder if it's near where you reside now.


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    Re: started or has started

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    Thank you. Now it's all clear.
    By the way I used to live in a town called Holbrook, next town to Randolph.
    Wonder if it's near where you reside now.
    No, I'm not in one of those towns, but I know about them.


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