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    Present Perfect and SimplePast

    Could you please tell me the difference between 1) I bought a car and 2) I have bought a car?

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    Re: Present Perfect and SimplePast

    Click here to read 'The Idiot's Guide to Tenses' (no offence).

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    Re: Present Perfect and SimplePast

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'The Idiot's Guide to Tenses' .

    Rover
    I don't find that very helpful:
    Simple past Completed action We finished the tofu.
    Completed condition We were sad; no more tofu.
    Present perfect Completed action We have finished the tofu.
    Completed condition We have been sad.
    Could you please tell me the difference between 1) I bought a car and 2) I have bought a car?
    #1 is not very natural as a stand-alone sentence, though it could be a response to the question, "What did you do yesterday?" The point is that the past simple locates the action in past time, and that past time is usually clear to both speaker and addresse.

    in #2, the past act of buying is less important than the consequence - the speaker has a car.

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