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    present perfect with time expression

    Hi,

    Please help me understand the reason of the structure mentioned below:

    If I say, I have spoken to him 15 minutes ago, the structure is incorrect
    It should be, '' I spoke to him 15 minutes ago.'' according to michael swann

    Now in a book, I have read, 'I have just got my bank statement this morning.

    but it should be I just got my bank statement this morning. (according to Michael swann)

    Kindly help me understand the structure with the reason.

    I would like to thank you in advance.

    Kind Regards

    Prince Sabharwal

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    Re: present perfect with time expression

    Quote Originally Posted by princesabharwal View Post
    If I say, "I have spoken to him 15 minutes ago", the structure is incorrect.
    It should be, '' I spoke to him 15 minutes ago.'' according to m Michael s Swann.

    Now in a book, I have read, 'I have just got my bank statement this morning".

    but it should be "I just got my bank statement this morning" (according to Michael s Swann).
    Swan did not say that.
    Swan (Practical English Usage, 2005.287) wrote, "When just means 'a moment ago', past and present perfect tenses are both possible in British English.

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