I would say: Did you see it?Originally Posted by JensIn BE simple past normally requires a defined finished time reference,
that is either explicitly stated or can at least be derived from the given context.
I guess that without a sufficient time reference in BE you'll probably ask for clarification.
The AE usage of simple past seems to be less restricted.
I've experienced many cases where the time reference was not mentioned and the context did not say much about it either,
e.g. "I can't find my wallet. Did you see it?", or on the phone: "Did you get my e-mail?".
Though I was always tempted to ask for clarification ("When?") more often than not I just went ahead
and took it to mean "recently" or "since we last met, spoke or whatever". How do AE speakers read these sentences?
Is this usage of simple past [as opposed to present perfect] generally accepted in AE or does it sound uneducated?
Would you [as AE speakers] rather say "I can't find my wallet. Have you seen it?", or "Have you gotten my e-mail?"
in these examples. Would there be any difference in meaning?
and did you get my e-mail.