Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. suprunp's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Apr 2011
    • Posts: 599
    #1

    We do not often use

    "We do not often use the present perfect with words that refer to a completely finished period of time, like yesterday, last week, then, when, three years ago, in 1970.
    (Practical English Usage, Michael Swan)

    I wonder why the author says 'do not often' (~ sometimes) when we do not use the present perfect in this way at all, do we?

    Thanks.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,884
    #2

    Re: We do not often use

    Absolute rules rarely work perfectly- describing things as tendencies is often safer and more accurate.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •