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    Cool Present Perfect

    Hello!

    Could we use the past in this case? :

    -When I arrive at work, the first thing I always do is to read the emails I received.

    I have some issues with the present perfect!!!

    In these cases, could we use the present perfect and the past interchangeably?

    -I've faced/faced death and survived.

    -(My friend is about to leave for good). "I'm sad because I 've had/had great moments with you".

    -(Her husband tried to kill her and she is disabled now). "He's destroyed/destroyed her life".

    Thanks a lot

    Will

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    Re: Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Could we use the past in this case? :

    -When I arrive at work, the first thing I always do is to read the emails I received.

    I have some issues with the present perfect!!!

    In these cases, could we use the present perfect and the past interchangeably?

    -I've faced/faced death and survived.

    -(My friend is about to leave for good). "I'm sad because I 've had/had great moments with you".

    -(Her husband tried to kill her and she is disabled now). "He's destroyed/destroyed her life".

    Thanks a lot

    Will

    In your second and third examples I prefer the present perfect because I stress the consequences for the time being. But I could also say them in past simple if my stress was on the actions. I prefer to say your first example in past simple, but I would say "many times I've faced death and have survived" if I was to say "many times".

    About your first question I really prefer "present perfect", but I don't say that past simple is wrong. It is even said that american tend to use "ast simple" instead of "present perfect".
    Last edited by Khosro; 10-Feb-2011 at 18:05.

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