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    present perfect/simple past

    Hi.
    As usual, I still have problems with tenses (and not only...). Do you think the following sentence is correct?:
    My baby's got an infection. I had to call the doctor.
    Or should I say:
    My baby's got an infection: I've had to call the doctor

    Or maybe they're both right?

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    Re: present perfect/simple past

    They are both fine. Only the second suggests that the doctor has not yet come, or, if s/he has come, then s/he has not yet departed.

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    Re: present perfect/simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by clairec View Post
    Hi.
    As usual, I still have problems with tenses (and not only...). Do you think the following sentence is correct?:
    My baby's got an infection. I had to call the doctor.
    Or should I say:
    My baby's got an infection: I've had to call the doctor

    Or maybe they're both right?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Don't feel bad. Even many of us native speakers "have problems with [the] tenses."

    (2) I think that both answers are correct -- depending on CONTEXT (as our wonderful

    teachers always remind us).

    *****

    Husband (returns from work): Was someone here earlier in the day? As I was parking the car, Mrs. Parser told me that she saw a strange man leave our house.

    Wife: Oh, I didn't have time to call you. Our baby's got an infection. I had to call the
    doctor! He just left 15 minutes ago.

    Husband: Oh, I see!

    Wife: Next time tell Mrs. Parser to mind her own business!

    *****

    Husband (returns from work): I'm as hungry as a horse. What's for dinner, honey?

    Wife: I haven't started dinner yet.

    Husband: What!

    Wife: Our baby's got an infection. I have had to call the doctor. He should be here
    in 15 minutes.

    Husband: Oh, that's terrible. But you are still going to cook my dinner, aren't you?

    (4) I hope that I used the tenses correctly. If I didn't, a teacher will let us know.

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    Re: present perfect/simple past

    Thank you very much for the two illuminating examples, now things are much clearer...at this point I really hope teachers will agree with you.

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