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    simple and perfect

    How much difference is there between the following sentences?

    My life taught me that relations are meaningless.
    My life has taught me that relations are meaningless.

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    Re: simple and perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by balakrishnanijk View Post
    How much difference is there between the following sentences?

    My life taught me that relations are meaningless.
    My life has taught me that relations are meaningless.
    The first one is only appropriate at the end of your life.

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    If it was taught to me way back in the past and I was not taught again wouldn't it be appropriate even if I am still alive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by balakrishnanijk View Post
    If it was taught to me way back in the past and I was not taught again wouldn't it be appropriate even if I am still alive?
    No.

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    #5

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    Can you explain what is meant by "relations are meaningless"? I just want to be sure that "relationships" or "relatives" wouldn't be more appropriate.

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    Doesn't relations mean 'the way in which people or groups of people behave towards each other'?

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    What would it mean if I rephrased it as"At a very early stage my life taught me that relations are meaningless and I began to live in a cave in the foothills of the Himalayas practising meditation and making little contact with the world outside.

    What about the following sentences?

    He made 20 films.
    He has made 20 films so far.

    Does the first sentence necessarily mean that his life has drawn to a close?

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    Quote Originally Posted by balakrishnanijk View Post
    What would it mean if I rephrased it as"At a very early stage my life taught me that relations are meaningless and I began to live in a cave in the foothills of the Himalayas practising meditation and making little contact with the world outside. That's OK, with the added context the meaning is clear.
    What about the following sentences?

    He made 20 films.
    He has made 20 films so far.

    Does the first sentence necessarily mean that his life has drawn to a close? Yes, unless you add more context, such as "in twenty years", for example.
    Bhai.
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    Thank you!!!

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    #10

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    He might not be dead, but his acting career is over.

    The key is that his opportunity to make films is past.
    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.

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