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    Hello!

    It's me and the present perfect again!

    Could we say:

    -Today, I've found what I was looking for.

    -You haven't said a word since we arrived. (is "arrived" correct?)

    -They met 10 years for the first time and they've all become friends.

    (Here, I'd rather use the Past simple: and "they all became friends", but they are still friends today, that's why I'm now wondering if the PP would be better in this case!!!)

    -If someone hits someone else (and if that someone else falls down) what can I say: "What have you done to her" or "What did you do to her?"

    -I've studied everything and I've failed everything.

    -He's had some problems with alcohol. (He doesn't anymore).

    -I haven't always given my parents satisfaction versus I didn't always give my parents satisfaction.

    Thank you very much, your help is very valuable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    It's me and the present perfect again!

    Could we say:

    -Today, I've found what I was looking for. Yes, we could.

    -You haven't said a word since we arrived. (is "arrived" correct?) Yes.

    -They met 10 years ago and they've all become friends.

    (Here, I'd rather use the Past simple: and "they all became friends", but they are still friends today, that's why I'm now wondering if the PP would be better in this case!!!)
    If you use the present perfect, it suggests that they became friends at some time during the last ten years. If you say "...they all became friends" it suggests that they became friends immediately.
    -If someone hits someone else (and if that someone else falls down) what can I say: "What have you done to her" or "What did you do to her?" You could say either.

    -I've studied everything and I've failed everything. OK

    -He's had some problems with alcohol. (He doesn't anymore). "He had..."

    -I haven't always given my parents satisfaction versus I didn't always give my parents satisfaction. With the PP you are saying that up to this point in time you haven't satisfied your parents. If you use the simple past you are saying that at some time in the past you failed to satisfy them, with the implication that now you do satisfy them.

    Thank you very much, your help is very valuable.

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    Thank you very much!! Everything sounds logical to me.

    Regarding this example: -"He's had some problems with alcohol. (He doesn't anymore)". "He had..."

    I don't understand why we can't use the present perfect in this case, though. Indeed, as far as I understand, we can use the PP to talk about someone's experience when we don't give any time reference. Can you help me a little more on this one?

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Thank you very much!! Everything sounds logical to me.

    Regarding this example: -"He's had some problems with alcohol. (He doesn't anymore)". "He had..."

    I don't understand why we can't use the present perfect in this case, though. Indeed, as far as I understand, we can use the PP to talk about someone's experience when we don't give any time reference. Can you help me a little more on this one?

    Cheers
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    Yes, in fact, you could use "He's had..." in the right context. If, for example, somebody said to you "John's been behaving strangely don't you think?" you might say "Yes, he's had some problems with alcohol recently", implying that the problems are perhaps not finished. If you say "He had some problems..." it sounds like the problems are over.

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    Cool Re: PP

    Thank you.

    So in this case, it's better to use the past simple.

    You see, what I find confusing is that we can use "I've been to England twice", even though the event is completely over but we can't use "He's had some problems" if the problems are completely over.

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