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    #1

    You people betrayed me or You people have betrayed me

    Which of the two is more appropriate, and why?

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    #2

    Re: You people betrayed me or You people have betrayed me

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    Which of the two is more appropriate, and why?
    They are both possible.

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    Re: You people betrayed me or You people have betrayed me

    But in what cases and how?

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    Re: You people betrayed me or You people have betrayed me

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    But in what cases and how?
    How do you want to use them?

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    Re: You people betrayed me or You people have betrayed me

    Well I watched a show where a FBI agent meets with a disgruntled agent, the said agent says to him: "I gave you everything I had and you people betrayed me."

    I was wondering why it wasn`t ˇou people have betrayed me"

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    Re: You people betrayed me or You people have betrayed me

    Quote Originally Posted by Iago315 View Post
    Well I watched a show where a FBI agent meets with a disgruntled agent, the said agent says to him: "I gave you everything I had and you people betrayed me."

    I was wondering why it wasn`t ˇou people have betrayed me"
    It wasn't necessary to use the present perfect.

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    Re: You people betrayed me or You people have betrayed me

    But is it wrong if it was used?
    That answer wasn`t satisfying.

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    Re: You people betrayed me or You people have betrayed me

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    But is it wrong if it was used?
    That answer wasn`t satisfying.
    No, it wouldn't be wrong.

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    Re: You people betrayed me or You people have betrayed me

    I need more explanations on why that is the case.

    Thank you very much!!!! :)))

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    Re: You people betrayed me or You people have betrayed me

    Quote Originally Posted by Iago315 View Post
    I need more explanations on why that is the case.

    Thank you very much!!!! :)))
    In this case, it's probably simple parallelism. "I did this, and [in return] you did that." Not, "I did this, and you have done that."
    Put it down to style in this case.

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