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    Cool Present Perfect/Past Simple

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    If I'm retired, will I say:

    -I've worked all my life

    -I worked all my life

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    Re: Present Perfect/Past Simple

    If you have very recently retired, you can say I've worked.

    Of course there is a logical flaw in saying "I'm retired now and I worked all my life." Your life is continuing; your work is not. Additionally, you probably didn't do much real work until you were at least in your teens or perhaps older. However, people will still say this, to refer to the era when they did work, to mean they worked hard.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Present Perfect/Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If you have very recently retired, you can say I've worked.
    Can I use the same logic here to speak about the previous work?

    I have worked for company x for 5 years - moved out recently
    I worked for company x for 5 years - moved out long time back

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    Re: Present Perfect/Past Simple

    Hi,
    could someone explain me whether the following example where present perfect is used would be considered incorrect/strange/ colloquial or possible just in a certain context?

    He has set off a few minutes ago.

    My teacher claims that present perfect is incorrect though I still feel it is related with the presence. I am interested in real/ colloquial usage not just in the typical text books examples. Thank you very much

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    Re: Present Perfect/Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by pesule View Post
    Hi,
    could someone explain me whether the following example where present perfect is used would be considered incorrect/strange/ colloquial or possible just in a certain context?

    He has set off a few minutes ago.

    My teacher claims that present perfect is incorrect though I still feel it is related with the presence. I am interested in real/ colloquial usage not just in the typical text books examples. Thank you very much
    It's extremely unlikely that anybody would say that, it's wrong and it's not even easier to say than "He set off...", which is correct.

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    Re: Present Perfect/Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by anishjp View Post
    Can I use the same logic here to speak about the previous work?

    I have worked for company x for 5 years - moved out recently
    I worked for company x for 5 years - moved out long time back

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    To me, the "I've worked my whole life" works if the retirement is recent, because it's the "life" that extends up to meet the present moment, giving it the relevance to the present that the present perfect requires.

    You can say "I've worked for company X for five years" even if it was 20 years ago if the present situation relates somehow. "Do you have any experience working for a manufacturing firm?" "Why yes, I've worked for Manufacturer X for five years and Manufacturer Y for 7 years."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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