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    Question Past Simple Vs. Present Perfect

    Hello everyone,

    I played tennis.
    I have played tennis.

    No time expression, so it's PS or PP?

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    Re: Past Simple Vs. Present Perfect

    It's impossible to say without more context. Both could occur without a time phrase- the wider context would give the answer. Thinking about decontextualised sentences will not lead to any great understanding- all real language occurs in a context. Time is one key to distinguishing these verb forms, so removing the time does nothing except make things unclear.

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    Re: Past Simple Vs. Present Perfect

    Just because there is no time expression in the sentence containing the information, doesn't mean there isn't some kind of time frame somewhere.

    What did you do yesterday?
    I played tennis.

    What did you do last Wednesday?
    I played tennis.

    What have you done this week?
    I have played tennis.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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