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    You have eaten all the ice cream?

    hi.
    i can't understand the present perfect tense.

    Are "You have eaten all the ice cream?" and "you ate all the ice cream?" different each other?

    "I have lost my wallet" - "I lost my wallet"
    "Did you eat your lunch?" - "Have you eaten your lunch?"

    what's the difference?

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    Re: You have eaten all the ice cream?

    The present perfect connects the past action to the present in some way.

    You have eaten all the ice cream. Now I can't have any.
    You ate the ice cream. No wonder you're putting on weight.

    I've lost my wallet. Now I have to cancel my credit cards, get a new driver's licence, and, oh, by the way, you have to pay for lunch today.
    I went to Prague in the spring of 2009. It was a great trip, except that I lost my wallet.
    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: You have eaten all the ice cream?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The present perfect connects the past action to the present in some way.

    You have eaten all the ice cream. Now I can't have any.
    You ate the ice cream. No wonder you're putting on weight.

    I've lost my wallet. Now I have to cancel my credit cards, get a new driver's licence, and, oh, by the way, you have to pay for lunch today.
    I went to Prague in the spring of 2009. It was a great trip, except that I lost my wallet.

    Moderator Barbara,

    I notice that you spelled it "licence." Is there a reason that

    you spelled it the British way?

    Thank you

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    Re: You have eaten all the ice cream?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I notice that you spelled it "licence." Is there a reason that you spelled it the British way?
    Perhaps civilised ways are slowly creeping across the pond.

    Or perhaps it was just a typo.

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    Re: You have eaten all the ice cream?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Perhaps civilised ways are slowly creeping across the pond.

    Or perhaps it was just a typo.
    "Civilised"???

    Seriously, though, are any British spellings starting to conform with

    American spelling?

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    Re: You have eaten all the ice cream?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    "Civilised"??? You bet!

    Seriously, though, are any British spellings starting to conform with American spelling?
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