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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    He has left vs. He left.

    Hello.

    I do not have problems with English tenses, but I had a mistake (English Grammar in Use) and I want to understand it.

    A: Is David still here?
    B: No, I'm afraid he isn't. He ____ about ten minutes ago.

    I wrote "has left", because it's a fact than he's not there. If I said "he left" it meant that he left, but he could return.

    I would use past simple in this case:

    A: Is David still here?
    B: I don't know exactly. He left about ten minutes ago (But he was able to return).

    Am I right? Can I use present perfect?

    If I am not right. Please correct my mistakes and don't give me links with English tenses.

    Boris.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: He has left vs. He left.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Hello.

    I do not have problems with English tenses, but I had a mistake (English Grammar in Use) and I want to understand it.

    A: Is David still here?
    B: No, I'm afraid he isn't. He ____ about ten minutes ago.

    I wrote "has left", because it's a fact than he's not there. If I said "he left" it meant that he left, but he could return.

    I would use past simple in this case:

    A: Is David still here?
    B: I don't know exactly. He left about ten minutes ago (But he was able to return).

    Am I right? Can I use present perfect?

    If I am not right. Please correct my mistakes and don't give me links with English tenses.

    Boris.
    You have me a bit confused. In both of your examples, you have the same second sentence in the B parts. I don't know why you would use the present perfect in the first and the simple past in the second. The issue is not whether David could return; he could return in either case. The issue is the specific time reference (about 10 minutes ago). With a specific time reference, we use the simple past.

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    #3

    Re: He has left vs. He left.

    I suppose I didn't understand a rule correct.
    Thanks for help.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: He has left vs. He left.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    I suppose I didn't understand a rule correct.
    Thanks for help.
    I know you specifically asked that web sites with rules not be sent to you, but perhaps you have changed your mind.

    Read this one: ENGLISH PAGE - Present Perfect

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    #5

    Re: He has left vs. He left.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post

    I do not have problems with English tenses, but I had made a mistake (English Grammar in Use) and I want to understand it.

    A: Is David still here?
    B: No, I'm afraid he isn't. He ____ about ten minutes ago.

    I wrote "has left", because it's a fact than he's not there. If I said "he left" it meant that he left, but he could return.
    You're using the present perfect tense with a definite past time. You do have at least that problem with tenses. Of course, that's nothing to be ashamed about; you're here to learn. But making a claim such as this can be confusing.

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    #6

    Re: He has left vs. He left.

    Mike, thanks for your link. It's really helpful.

    I just forgot that I cannot use the present perfect tense with a difinite past time. It was a huge mistake.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #7

    Re: He has left vs. He left.

    Hardly huge.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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