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    Past Simple & Present Perfect (Q27)


    I...just Meg and Brian at the party:
    a) have seen
    b) saw



    Please, help me understand. Why is the right answer "saw" instead of "have seen". Here we see the key word "just", which we use in Present Perfect. When I chose "have seen", it was wrong...Thanks
    Sorry,my English is not very good
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    Re: Past Simple & Present Perfect (Q27)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dante2402 View Post

    I...just Meg and Brian at the party:
    a) have seen
    b) saw



    Please (no comma necessary here) help me understand. Why is the right answer "saw" instead of "have seen"? Here we see the key word "just", which we use in the present perfect. When I chose "have seen", it was wrong. Thanks.
    Sorry,my English is not very good Unnecessary.
    Welcome to the forum.

    The word "just" can have two meanings:

    1) A few moments ago
    2) Only

    It depends whether the meaning of the sentence is "I saw only two people at the party. Those two people were Meg and Brian" or if it is "A few moments ago, I saw Meg and Brian at the party".

    It's a poor quiz/test question anyway because in most variants of English, we would put "just" after "I" (or after "I have") if we meant "a few moments ago".

    I just saw Meg and Brian at the party.
    I have just seen Meg and Brian at the party.

    If we want it to mean "I saw only two people", then it would be":

    I saw just Meg and Brian at the party.

    I would find that version very unnatural with "have seen".

    Note my amendments to your post in red. Remember to use just one full stop at the end of a sentence. There is no need to capitalise the names of the tenses.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Past Simple & Present Perfect (Q27)

    Thank you very much!

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