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    Past Simple or Present Perfect

    Hi,

    Which tense is more suitable?

    I have played football for six years and won/have won many awards.

    I think "won" is appropriate.

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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    Hi,

    Which tense is more suitable?

    I have played football for six years and won/have won many awards.

    I think "won" is appropriate.

    Thanks,
    Joe
    Your choice is OK but I would like to stay w/present perfect.

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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect

    Thanks.

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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect

    Even if you say I have played football for six years and won many awards, won could be past simple or past participle.

    The past partciple, as part of the prsent perfect, is more logical. It would be strange to switch from the present perfect to the past simple when you are looking at the same time period.

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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect

    To simplify:

    When we put the first verb in a sentence (it has got two verbs, as the one from above) in the Present Perfect, and when the second verb implies the same time period as the first one, we don't need an auxiliary (have/has) preceding the second verb.

    Is this OK?

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    #6

    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect

    We can use it or omit it.

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    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect

    Thanks Tdol.

    offtopic: Could someone take a look at this thread?
    Last edited by joeoct; 19-Jul-2011 at 17:27.

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    #8

    Re: Past Simple or Present Perfect

    I don't have a problem imagining the first "have" extending to "won."

    I have [played ... and won..]. I didn't see it as a shift in tense. The simple past has the same form as the particple, so I assumed it was still present perfect.

    I have danced for years and sang... -- wrong.
    I have dance for years and sung...
    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: Past Simple or Present Perfect

    Thanks for those two examples.

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