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    Question Simple pastence Vs Present Perfectness

    Hi,Everybody i have just begun to learn English.............

    I can't understand Simple past tense and present perfect tense....caz both sounds same(related to past)..when i need to say something about any past activity i couldn't make it sure which tense is most apt to that situation...so simply i go for simple past tense in most of the cases...obviously My speech is not conveying my intention clearly.......

    so pls let me know clearly and deeply about these 2 tenses with proper examples.i hope u all will help me out...


    Tank's in advance

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    Re: Simple pastence Vs Present Perfectness

    Hi rag,

    As you say, you are a new learner.

    For now, use simple past if you are using a specific time, like "yesterday" or "in 2006."

    I saw him yesterday. I lived there in 2006.


    For now, use the present perfect if it relates directly to right now.
    I have worked here FOR three years (and still do) or I have worked here SINCE 2006 (and still do).

    How do you know this restaurant is good?
    I have eaten here many times. (It relates to right now).
    I ate here last week. (It has a specific time.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Question Re: Simple pastence Vs Present Perfectness

    Thank you so much..any more information

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