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    present perfect tense

    At times when I've been on a boat out in the ocean, I've been surprised by the plastic bags and other garbage.

    Why use the present perfect tense in the above sentence? Why not use the present simple tense?

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    Re: present perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    At times when I've been on a boat out in the ocean, I've been surprised by the plastic bags and other garbage.

    Why use the present perfect tense in the above sentence? Why not use the present simple tense?
    You can use the present simple, "...when I am...I am surprised...", but it has a different meaning.

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    Re: present perfect tense

    Would you please explain the difference in meaning?

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    Re: present perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Would you please explain the difference in meaning?
    The first one is talking about the past, and the second about the present.

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    Re: present perfect tense

    If the first one is talking about the past, why not use the past simple tense?

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    Re: present perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    If the first one is talking about the past, why not use the past simple tense?
    You certainly may, but, again, it would have a different meaning. It would indicate that the action happened at some points in the past but with no indication that it might be continuing today.

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