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    Cool Present Perfect

    Hello!

    I have some issues with the present perfect!

    1) Last year, I was elected union representative.
    If I don't specify when that was, can I say , "I've been elected union representative so I'm rather busy."?

    2)I've worked (for?) 20 years for this company and I've had many jobs here. Is the use of the present perfect correct here?

    3) I've heard this is a great book. Is the use of the present perfect correct here?

    Thank you.
    W

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    Re: Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    I have some issues with the present perfect!

    1) Last year, I was elected union representative.
    If I don't specify when that was, can I say , "I've been elected union representative so I'm rather busy."?

    2)I've worked (for?) 20 years for this company and I've had many jobs here. Is the use of the present perfect correct here?

    3) I've heard this is a great book. Is the use of the present perfect correct here?

    Thank you.
    W


    ***not a teacher***
    In 1, when you're mentioning last year it means the action was finished in the past. "I've been elected...' seems to be a piece of news, or of an event which has recently happened.
    In 2, 'I've worked for / I've been working' would both be the right form. Here 'I worked there for 5 years' would suggest that for a period of time in the past you worked there, and then you stopped. (Since then you might have had other jobs.)
    In 3, again it emphasises that just recently it happened to you, though I suppose in American English a simple past is always preferred in such cases.

    Hope you'll get better comments.

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    Re: Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hope you'll get better comments.
    There is no need.

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