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    Using of past tense for not native English people

    Hello,

    I am new to this forum. I hope I can find some help here.

    I wonder what could make my English better in a way the choice of past tenses becomes natural. I mean, in our own native langauge, we know from very young which tense we have to use to make a sentence correct. We don't have to wonder, this is just natural choice. How to get the same in English? There is always a question on shall I say ''I played or I have played'' eventhough in some easy cases we know the general rules, there are sometime we wonder which tense suits better.

    I have one example

    Shall I say:

    ''My wife and I have put some life projects on hold further to the announcement of this offer to which we gave you an agreement in principal in the course of the week 30''. I presuming this is the correct one.

    or

    ''My wife and I have put some life projects on hold further to the announcement of this offer to which we have given you an agreement in principal in the course of the week 30''.


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Using of past tense for not native English people

    The simple past as in the first of your sentences is correct.

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