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    present time relevance?

    If you use the Present Perfect in the sentence "I've left my calculator at home", what is the present time relevance: 1) I don't have it now, or 2) the calculator is at home at the moment?

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    Re: present time relevance?

    Quote Originally Posted by HighPriest View Post
    If you use the Present Perfect in the sentence "I've left my calculator at home", what is the present time relevance: 1) I don't have it now, or 2) the calculator is at home at the moment?
    In the overwhelming majority of cases in which someone said this, it would imply 1. Otherwise why would you say it?

    In rare cases, the following context might work, for 2:
    A: I hear your sister's computer is broken and she has a maths exam coming up.
    B: Yes, but I've left my calculator at home, so she can use that.

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    Re: present time relevance?

    Thank you, oh benevolent Raymott

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