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    Present Perfect. Who's alive?

    I'm really having a hard time understanding the perfect tenses.
    Here's one exercise that I can't solve.

    Q. Who is still alive, and who is dead?

    a. In his lifetime, Uncle Alex had several red bicycles.(simple past)
    b. In his lifetime, Grandpa has had several red bicycles.(present perfect)
    Last edited by lydon; 01-Aug-2010 at 05:21.

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    Re: Present Perfect. Who's alive?

    Uncle Alex had them in his lifetime. That implies his life is over.
    Grandpa has had them. It relates to the present, he still has at least one, and he is still living.
    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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