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    past or present perfect tense??

    Which is correct?

    (a) I just spoke to Mr. Smith today and I asked him to help us.

    (b) I have just spoken to Mr. Smith today and I have asked him to help us.

    thank

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    Re: past or present perfect tense??

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    Which is correct?

    (a) I just spoke to Mr. Smith today and I asked him to help us.

    (b) I have just spoken to Mr. Smith today and I have asked him to help us.

    thank
    Firstly, you shouldn't put "just" with "today". "Just" suggests that you spoke to him in the very recent past, probably in the last 30 minutes or so! So "today" is redundant.

    As far as the tense usage goes, you can use both but with a little modification:

    a) I just spoke to Mr Smith and .....
    or
    a) I spoke to Mr Smith today and....

    b) I have spoken to Mr Smith and.....

    If you use the present perfect, then you don't specify when (although you can say "I have spoken to Mr Smith in the last few days....")

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