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    present perfect tense

    I just came across this grammar question about present perfect tense. Here it is:

    I called Peter this morning, but he ____ to Los Angeles.

    The answer is "has gone". I'm wondering if it is correct to use "had gone" in this context, since the action "go" occurred before "call" in the preceding clause "call." Does "has gone" imply the fact that Peter has left for Los Angeles and he is no longer here at the moment the person is speaking? Thanks

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    Re: present perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by xversion1 View Post
    In this sentence, it doesn't have a time relation between left-hand side and right-hand side. It doesn't like "When I called Peter this morning, he had gone. to Los Angeles" (time relation).
    This is nonsense.

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    Re: present perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by milton1125 View Post
    I just came across this grammar question about present perfect tense. Here it is:

    I called Peter this morning, but he ____ to Los Angeles.

    The answer is "has gone". I'm wondering if it is correct to use "had gone" in this context, since the action "go" occurred before "call" in the preceding clause "call." Does "has gone" imply the fact that Peter has left for Los Angeles and he is no longer here at the moment the person is speaking? Thanks
    I would use "had gone".

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    Re: present perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would use "had gone".
    So would I, but 'has gone' is possible with the sense that you suggest, milton.

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