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    Present Perfect and Past Simple

    "I have switched off the radio." "Why did you switch it off?"
    Why can`t present perfect be used in the question? Or if it can what is the difference in meaning?

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    Re: Present Perfect and Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by lille82 View Post
    "I have switched off the radio." "Why did you switch it off?"
    Why can`t present perfect be used in the question? Or if it can what is the difference in meaning?
    It can be used and, in this situation, there isn't a great deal of difference in meaning.

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    Re: Present Perfect and Past Simple

    Thanks.
    For some reason only the question with past simple is correct in the test book. Could you please explain the difference in other situations?

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    Re: Present Perfect and Past Simple

    Whilst the combination of the two is not incorrect and it is perfectly understandable, I must admit that I would expect to find:

    I switched off the radio.
    Why did you do that?

    or

    I have switched off the radio.
    Why have you done that?

    Having said that, they're both unnecessarily wordy. You would, in everyday conversation, hear:

    I've switched off the radio.
    Why?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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