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    Hello,

    You have given me a lot of gifts but I have never given you any gifts before. So please accept this small gift from me.

    OR

    You gave me a lot of gifts but I have never given you any gifts before. So please accept this small gift from me.

    WHICH ONE IS CORRECT?

    I always find it difficult in using past tense and present perfect tense. Can you please explain it to me clearly.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Rita

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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by rita_b View Post
    Hello,

    You have given me a lot of gifts but I have never given you any gifts before. So please accept this small gift from me.

    OR

    You gave me a lot of gifts but I have never given you any gifts before. So please accept this small gift from me.

    WHICH ONE IS CORRECT?

    I always find it difficult in using past tense and present perfect tense. Can you please explain it to me clearly.

    Past tense: An action that is completed.
    Present perfect: An action, which started in the past and it still holds good.
    Ex:
    He walked 4 miles. (He might have stopped walking after that)
    He has walked 4 miles. (He has completed walking 4 miles and is still continuing)
    Thanks and Regards,

    Rita
    ===Not a teacher===

    Rita, your sentence is correct, but sounds translated from Hindi.

    I can interpret that you have translated this as I know Hindi. However, you have done a great job!

    Suggested:

    You have given me a lot of gifts, but I have never given one to you. I would be very glad if you accept (my small gift\this small gift from me).

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