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    Grammar = Pauly's topic.

    Hello everyone who reading this message.
    I have created this topic and here I am going to write me English problems.
    I am English student about one years and still I can't talk in English fluently because grammar is too hart for me.
    So first question is "Do really English speakers everyday when they talk use the Present Perfect tense?"

    I can't understand where is difference...
    For examples:
    I have left or I left.
    I have done my home works or I did my home work.
    I have finished my work my work or I did my work or I finished my work.
    Where is difference between these sentence?
    Might I stupid that I can't understand where is difference? ;DDD
    I will not want to be robot I just wanna speak as normal English speaker nothing more.
    Please answer to each my question.
    That's it for this time.
    [PAY ATTENTION PLEASE] If I made any English mistakes please correct it or write it down then I will write it correctly)

    Thanks everyone who helped me.

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    Re: Grammar = Pauly's topic.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulys View Post
    Hello everyone who reading this message.
    I have created this topic and here I am going to write me English problems.
    I am English student about one years and still I can't talk in English fluently because grammar is too hart for me.
    But you can express your thoughts in such a way that others can understand you. Well done.
    So first question is "Do really English speakers everyday when they talk use the Present Perfect tense?"
    Yes. English speakers often use this tense.
    I can't understand where is difference...
    For examples:
    I have left or I left.
    I have done my home works or I did my home work.
    I have finished my work my work or I did my work or I finished my work.
    There are many nuances here and it will be difficult to explain them all. I will try to give you a first, general idea of what the difference is. You shouldn't think that what I'm saying is the whole truth.

    When you say

    I have left.

    I understand that you mean

    I left and I'm still not back.

    When you say

    I left.

    I don't know whether you are back or not. I only know you left at some point.

    When you say

    I have done my homework.

    I understand

    I did my homework and my homework is now done.


    When you say

    I did my home work.


    I only know that you did your homework. But maybe you did your homework a week ago? Maybe you have a different homework now and you haven't done it yet?
    Might I stupid that I can't understand where is difference? ;DDD
    No, it's difficult. Especially for us, Balts and Slavs, because we have nothing like this in our languages!

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    #3

    Re: Grammar = Pauly's topic.

    Sir thank you for help... +++Respect

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    Re: Grammar = Pauly's topic.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulys View Post
    Might I stupid that I can't understand where is difference? ;DDD

    Not at all- the present perfect can cause difficulties for students for a long time, and even advanced learners can get it wrong. Also, to complicate things, different variants of English use it differently sometimes- American speakers may use a past tense sometimes, where British speakers would use the present perfect.

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    #5

    Re: Grammar = Pauly's topic.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulys View Post
    Sir thank you for help... +++Respect
    Two points to note, Paulys:

    1. You will find that shorter posts attract speedier replies.

    2. Don't address birdeen's call as 'Sir'. She is female. I know this because I clicked on her avatar (the picture of the bird) and read that she's preparing to become a grandmother.

    (How's that going, BC?)

    Rover

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    Re: Grammar = Pauly's topic.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    2. Don't address birdeen's call as 'Sir'. She is female. I know this because I clicked on her avatar (the picture of the bird) and read that she's preparing to become a grandmother.

    (How's that going, BC?)

    Rover
    Thank you for asking. Well, I put this statement there about a year ago and nothing substantial has happened since. But there's no one to blame. My daughter and her husband are trying very hard. I hope they succeed, and not because I want a grandchild, but because she wants to be a mother so much.

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