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    I've studied/I studied History ?

    What's correct : "I've studied History" or "I studied History", when you want to tell that you('ve) studied History in the past ? Or are both correct ?


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    Re: I've studied/I studied History ?

    I have found a site just perfect in using present perfect vs simple past tenses.
    http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzo...ar/ppvpast.htm

    cheers :)
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    Exclamation Re: I've studied/I studied History ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    What's correct : "I've studied History" or "I studied History", when you want to tell that you('ve) studied History in the past ? Or are both correct ?
    Use present perfect when you do not want to give a specific past time reference. With a past time reference use simple past, you can say;
    I studied history two years back while continuing my studies in collage.

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    Re: I've studied/I studied History ?

    Yes, the timescale is important.

    I've studied history = a general statement of fact.
    I studied history at university = a specific time when you studied that subject.

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    Re: I've studied/I studied History ?

    NOT A TEACHER

    Both are correct in American English.

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    Re: I've studied/I studied History ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, the timescale is important.

    I've studied history = a general statement of fact. So is 'I studied history.'
    a question, not only for emsr2d2

    A. How come you know so much about the Habsburgs?
    B. I've studied (European) history. or I studied (European) History. ??
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    Re: I've studied/I studied History ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    What's correct : "I've studied History" or "I studied History", when you want to tell that you('ve) studied History in the past ? Or are both correct ?
    *Not a teacher

    Both are correct in that context, so picking up either "have studied" or "studied" would look like a matter of style. In some other situations, it could do matter.

    In the following example, however, only the present perfect works: "I have lived in London so far, and I'm currently moving to Paris" meaning you lived in london in the past and till now but you stop living in London from now on. Do not forget that have is in the present form and lived in the past form, so they are gathered into the have lived form (present perfect), which links the past and the present!
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    Re: I've studied/I studied History ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    a question, not only for emsr2d2

    A. How come you know so much about the Habsburgs?
    B. I've studied (European) history. or I studied (European) History. ??
    I would explain to the questioner that I've studied history.

    However, not very long ago someone mentioned that it's equally acceptable to use the simple past tense in such a contexted in AmE.

    I do remember that was a fairly lenthy thread with people devided into to groups arguing with each other.


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    Re: I've studied/I studied History ?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    I would explain to the questioner that I've studied history.

    However, not very long ago someone mentioned that it's equally acceptable to use the simple past tense in such a contexted in AmE.
    I gather that you are somewhat surprised that simple past tense, no matter in what kind of English, would be "equally acceptable".

    I am interested in knowing why you prefer "I've studied....".
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    Re: I've studied/I studied History ?

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    I suppost I was, to a certain extent, infuenced by a previous thread, in which you and Raymott disagreed with each other.

    Your mother knows you had some homework to do this evening, and it is getting closer to your bedtime.

    She can say 'Did you do your homework?' or 'Have you done your homework?'
    I agree. The simple past is used in this context in parts of North America by some people.
    Elsewhere, the present perfect is almost invariably used for sentences of this type.
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...e-had-did.html

    I was having a discussion with my students as to the difference between the two tenses that day and used the thread as an example to show that nativer speakers, in real world, hold different opinions on this matter. So It did strength the impression that people, on many occasions, use the two tenses interchangeably in AmE.

    Apart from that, this is what I was taught at school. Present perfect is used when people talk about things that happened in the past and have a present influence, so grammar books claim.

    The reason I would tell people that I've studied history is that I am speaking of my current knowledge of Habsburgs by introducing a fact that something was done in the past.

    Then again, I am probably just quating an example of a statement with which you disagree.

    Honestly, I don't know if there is a real difference between the present perfect tense and the simple past tense or not, dispite all these years of self-studying and all I've heard and read.


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