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    is it correct?

    In the question: Do you usually drive to work?
    we can say: Yes, but I'm taking the bus today.
    (present continuous for sth preplanned)

    Can we answer " Yes, but I have taken the bus today." ?
    (present perfect for an action in the past when we don't know exactly the time)

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    Re: is it correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by cherry maltezidou View Post
    In the question: Do you usually drive to work?
    we can say: Yes, but I'm taking the bus today.
    (present continuous for sth preplanned)

    Can we answer " Yes, but I have taken the bus today." ?
    (present perfect for an action in the past when we don't know exactly the time)
    I would prefer to say, "Yes, but I took the bus today." Use of the simple past here doesn't indicate the exact time either.

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    Re: is it correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    I would prefer to say, "Yes, but I took the bus today." Use of the simple past here doesn't indicate the exact time either.
    For a single incidence or perhaps a couple, I would use the simple past:

    Yes, but I took the bus today.
    Yes, but I took the bus today and yesterday.

    For a longer specific period of time, then I would use the past perfect:

    Yes, but I've taken the bus every day for the last week.

    (Note: In BrE, we usually say "to catch the bus" so "I caught the bus today" or "I came on the bus today".)

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