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    Do I need 'has' or not?

    Teachers,

    If I wanted to say that 'he just left, but won't be long,' should I say "He has stepped out for a moment." or "He stepped out for a moment."?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Do I need 'has' or not?

    Hello bouji

    Both are fine.


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    Re: Do I need 'has' or not?

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    Hello bouji

    Both are fine.

    If both are fine, i'd like to know which one of them is more grammatical?
    Hope you'd help me again, thank you.

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    Re: Do I need 'has' or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    If both are fine, i'd like to know which one of them is more grammatical?
    Hope you'd help me again, thank you.
    I hear the second one all the time.

    I am not a teacher

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    #5

    Re: Do I need 'has' or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    Teachers,

    If I wanted to say that 'he just left, but won't be long,' should I say "He has stepped out for a moment." or "He stepped out for a moment."?

    Thank you.
    I'd say the first one. But you can use either. They are both equally grammatical. Your question is about usage, which is a different thing.
    However, in this case, they are both used and both sound right.

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