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  1. suprunp's Avatar
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    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?


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    Re: We do not often use

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


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