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Please help me figure out what tense I should use in the following sentence:
...... my hand on a piece of glass. Do you have a Band-Aid
It was in the grammar test.
Well, I actually know the answer. The answer to this question that was given after the test was "I cut". But I don't understand why we have to use the Present Simple Tense here when he has just cut his hand, it happened a few moments ago.
So, I guess I should have asked you to explain to me the choice of tense here.
It's the past simple - which has the same form in CUT, except for the 3rd person singular. Both present perfect and past simple are possible here; I'd use the former.
I feel more strongly than that. I think "I've cut" is the MUCH better answer -- it directly relates to the present situation, since you're aking me if I need a bandage.
I do agree that both are possible, but in the context of a cut that is still bleeding, present perfect is light years ahead as the better answer.
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.
Thank you, guys, very much. I was leaning towards the Present Perfect too. Don't know why in the test results here (http://http://english-exam.ru/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=413&Item id=1) the right variant was "I cut" (the Past Simple Tense).
It's a bad test. There are several questions there in which more than one tense form is possible.
I agree with BarbD that the present perfect sounds much more natural. If I were relating the story to someone later in the day, I would say "I cut my finger and needed a Band-Aid" but at the time I would certainly say "I've cut my finger. Do you have a Band-Aid".
Actually, I would say "Do you have a plaster?" because in BrE we don't use the brand name as a generic term in this particular instance.
They seem to have corrected the mistake in the test - I tried it with "I've cut..." and it was all right.