Student or Learner
Could we use the Present Perfect and the Past Simple interchangeably, in this sentence? :
"Most people have left/left the village".
However, if we say "most people have left the village", without giving more details, it's correct, isn't it?
When I say
Most people have left the village.
I tell the fact that has happened to the village regarding the citizens.
It means that some of them haven't left the place.
It means nothing else to me.
It doesn't mean a few more will or will not left the village as well.
This is how I see the PP.
If I say
Most people have been leaving this village.
means that some of them could leave the village as well in the close future. The process could go on. But it is not for sure. It's an expectation based on the people's recent activities.