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    Hello,

    I have lost my phone or I lost my phone - which is correct?

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    Re: Have

    I have lost is correct.

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    Re: Have

    And, of course, so is "I lost my phone."

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    Re: Have

    I don't agree with you. It is an event in the past that has a result in the present. Also, there is no time expression.

    I have lost my phone, I'm 100% sure.

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    Re: Have

    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    I don't agree with you. It is an event in the past that has a result in the present. Also, there is no time expression.

    I have lost my phone, I'm 100% sure.
    I agree with you about the lack of time expression with the other choice.

    I have lost my phone - you are simply stating a fact.

    I lost my phone - I would expect this to be followed by either a time or location expression:

    I lost my phone yesterday.
    I lost my phone on the bus.
    I lost my phone while I was walking the dog.

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    Re: Have

    I lost my phone. - is not wrong
    Simple past tense may or may not have a time expression.

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    Re: Have

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I lost my phone. - is not wrong
    Simple past tense may or may not have a time expression.
    That's true, and I should have added that "I lost my phone" is not an incorrect sentence. For example:

    Q - What happened to you yesterday?
    A - I lost my phone. Then I had to go to the police station to report it. It was a terrible day.

    Though as you can see, the time expression in that example comes in the question!

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    Re: Have

    I'm always a little reluctant to say "100%" about anything. I guess it's my conservative nature. So, my answer would be, "it depends". I agree that for past tense, generally you need a time reference, but context or popular usage can sometimes be a mitigating factor. For example, in this scenario, Fighting Spirit lost her phone on the bus and she calls Corum (on a public phone) and says, "I need your help. I lost my cell phone on the bus and I need a ride to the bus depot to see if anyone turned it in."

    Context, context, context!

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    Re: Have

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post

    Context, context, context!
    Amen! For just about everything we are asked here, it is so true.
    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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