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    Present Perfect vs. Past Simple

    1)Where's your wallet? - Oh, I've left it at home.
    2)Where's your wallet? - Oh, I left it at home.

    Which one is more preferable and why?

    Thanks in advance,
    Max

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    Re: Present Perfect vs. Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by usignolo View Post
    1)Where's your wallet? - Oh, I've left it at home.
    2)Where's your wallet? - Oh, I left it at home.

    Which one is more preferable and why?

    Thanks in advance,
    Max
    You can use either.

    You don't need to say "more preferable". You mean "Which one is preferable?"
    "More preferable" is like "more better".

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    Re: Present Perfect vs. Past Simple

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Present Perfect vs. Past Simple

    I’m not a teacher.

    Hi usignolo,

    An action expressed by the Past Indefinite (The Simple Past) belongs exclusively to the sphere of the past, while the Present Perfect shows that a past occurrence is connected with the present time.

    She is not well and has changed very much of late.
    She changed very much a great many years ago.

    For better understanding of the matter in question I afford myself the pleasure to give the following examples:

    I have just seen the new pianist from St.Joe – an Afro-American.
    I saw you come in just now.

    In your practical example I would make the following complements:

    Where's your wallet? - Oh, I've just left it at home.
    Where's your wallet? - Oh, I left it at home just now.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: Present Perfect vs. Past Simple

    A very interesting explanation! Thanks a lot!

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