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    #1

    Why not Ive spoken ... today?

    From Michael Swan's Practical English Usage:
    'Definite' time-expressions (like today, this week, this morning) are not often used with the present perfect when we talk about finished events. Compare:
    I've spoken to the boss about my holiday.
    I spoke to the boss today about my holiday.

    Why not Ive spoken ... today?


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    #2

    Re: Why not Ive spoken ... today?

    'Cause you must not use PrPerf with certain time reference - i.e. "today"


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    Re: Why not Ive spoken ... today?

    That is not the real cause.
    May be here the cause is in intonational emphasis?

    I spoke ... today
    But Ive spoken ... today
    Last edited by alesult; 12-May-2005 at 10:34.

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    Re: Why not Ive spoken ... today?

    'Today' is a tricky time phrase when deciding between the past and poresent perfect. When it has the idea of 'so far today', then we can use the present perfect, but for a single finished event, the past is more common. In this example, I'd use the past tense, unless I had other things to talk about and were still at work. The second I left work, I'd automatically use the past for finished work activities.

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