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    Smile took & has taken

    What's the difference between these two sentence:

    "I left my pen on the desk and now it's gone; who took it?"
    "I left my pen on the desk and now it's gone; who has taken it?"

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    #2

    Smile took & has taken

    What's the difference between these two sentence:

    "I left my pen on the desk and now it's gone; who took it?"
    "I left my pen on the desk and now it's gone; who has taken it?"

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    Re: took & has taken

    Quote Originally Posted by *^^* View Post
    What's the difference between these two sentence:

    "I left my pen on the desk and now it's gone; who took it?"
    "I left my pen on the desk and now it's gone; who has taken it?"
    In practical terms, very little.

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    Re: took & has taken

    I'd use the second if I thought the person was still in the room.

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    Re: took & has taken

    Quote Originally Posted by *^^* View Post
    What's the difference between these two sentence:

    "I left my pen on the desk and now it's gone; who took it?"
    "I left my pen on the desk and now it's gone; who has taken it?"

    *** NOT A TEACHER ***


    (1) "We usually prefer a simple past tense when we identify the person

    ... responsible for a present situation (because we are focusing on the past

    cause, not the present result)."

    -- Source: Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage (1995). Entry #419 on page 422.

    (2) Therefore, I most respectfully "vote" for "took" in your sentence.

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