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    Present Perfect and simple past in one sentence

    Hello Teacher -

    Can you please help me to understand usage of PP and simple past in below scenario...

    My boss asked me to talk with a supplier to get the update on the product delivery date ...

    i spoken to supplier and want to update my boss on the current status of product ...

    is it OK to use the below sentence

    Sir - i have spoken to her and came to know from her that product will be delivered by tomorrow.


    Please help to me to understand the scenario when such a case arises .


    Thanks


    Gaurav

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    Re: Present Perfect and simple past in one sentence

    Hello!

    *I AM NOT A TEACHER OR NATIVE.*

    Quote Originally Posted by garry9839 View Post
    Hello Teacher -

    Can you please help me to understand the usage of PP and simple past in the following scenario?

    My boss asked me to talk with a supplier to get the update on the product delivery date...

    I spoken to the supplier and wanted to update my boss on the current status of the product...

    Is it OK to use the sentence below?

    Sir, I spoke / I have spoken to her and came to know / have come to know from her that the product will be delivered by tomorrow.


    Please help to me to understand the scenario when such a case arises.


    Thanks


    Gaurav

    To understand the differences between the Present Perfect Tense and the Simple Past Tense, the page addressed below could be helpful:
    http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzo...ar/ppvpast.htm

    In your scenario, although your conversation with "her" has already finished, it has some connections with the present (and even future) and therefore you can use present perfect. However, simple past also is possible and I would use it. As I know, in American English in many cases you can simply use the simple past instead of the present perfect tense.
    Last edited by Ali Hsn; 03-Apr-2014 at 21:47.

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    Re: Present Perfect and simple past in one sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by garry9839 View Post

    I have spoken to supplier and want to update my boss on the current status of product ...
    Note that "I spoke" or "I have spoken" are correct but "I spoken" is not.

    Try this: I have spoken to the supplier and she told me that the product will be delivered by tomorrow.

    You can certainly mix tenses in a sentence, but "I have spoken" and "I have learned" work better together.
    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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