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    Past/Past perfect simple - differences?

    Hi,
    I am loooking for some hints, about how to differ these two tenses.
    I know the rule which says when the time is not finished and action is, then we use PP but it still puts me into trouble.

    When the time is crearly definited e.g I have been in Greece this month. - so it's easy. but e.g when there is just a simply question I don't know what to use:

    Have you done your homework?

    or
    Did you do your homework?

    Thanks for any help ;)

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    Re: Past/Past perfect simple - differences?

    Quote Originally Posted by ytq_1 View Post
    Have you done your homework? or Did you do your homework?

    Thanks for any help ;)
    I will give a brief answer - as a speaker of BrE.

    I say the first if my interest is primarily on whether the homework is in a state of completedness. I might say it to my son as he departs for school. I want to know if he is prepared for the day to come.

    I say the second if my mind is focussing on the past action of the person to whom I am speaking. I might say it if I am remembering that when I saw my son last, he was going up to his room to do his homework.

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    Re: Past/Past perfect simple - differences?

    Thanks fivejedjon, your examples are very helpful ;)

    BTW. what about such an example:

    A dialogue:

    A: Did you watch yesterday's football match between Manchester U. and Wigan?
    B:Yes. I did. Man. Utd. (have ?) simply outplayed them, Wigan (have?) scored just twice on target.

    So is 'have' needed here?

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    Re: Past/Past perfect simple - differences?

    /A learner/

    Quote Originally Posted by ytq_1 View Post
    So is 'have' needed here?
    I think so.

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    Re: Past/Past perfect simple - differences?

    Quote Originally Posted by ytq_1 View Post
    A: Did you watch yesterday's football match between Manchester U. and Wigan?
    B:Yes. I did. Man. Utd. (have ?) simply outplayed them, Wigan (have?) scored just twice on target.
    No. Both speakers are clearly referring to yesterday's match, an event in the past.

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    Re: Past/Past perfect simple - differences?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    No. Both speakers are clearly referring to yesterday's match, an event in the past.
    Yes but haven't the last one tried to emphasise the fact that the Manchester United outplayed the Wigan.

    In addition, btw, please explain whether I was to use the the before the Manchester United or not.

    Thanks

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