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    Present Perfect vs. Simple Past

    Hey there,

    Does the following sentence make sense?

    "Martin has had a nightmare".

    It should say, that because of the nightmare, Martin now writes a diary.

    I feel weird using the present perfect here, isn't simple past the better choice (Martin had a nightmare)?

    Thanks in advance.

    Kind regards,
    FM

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    Re: Present Perfect vs. Simple Past

    I would use the simple past there.

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