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  1. B45
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    "Hey, I've found a sleeping bag!"

    I'm going on a camping trip with my family but didn't have a sleeping bag. The next day my friend called and told me he had one and could let me borrow it. I say to my family:

    "Hey, I've found a sleeping bag!"

    VS

    "Hey, I found a sleeping bag!"

    Are both acceptable and why is one more grammatical than the other? What would a native use?

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    Re: "Hey, I've found a sleeping bag!"

    To be absolutely precise, you haven't "found" a sleeping bag at all. Someone has offered to lend you a sleeping bag. However, if only your two options were available, I would use "I have found a sleeping bag".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Hey, I've found a sleeping bag!"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    To be absolutely precise, you haven't "found" a sleeping bag at all. Someone has offered to lend you a sleeping bag. However, if only your two options were available, I would use "I have found a sleeping bag".
    Why would you use I have found a sleeping bag?

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    Re: "Hey, I've found a sleeping bag!"

    I would use it if I had been looking for something (including a sleeping bag) and had actually physically located it.

    I was looking around the attic and I found a sleeping bag, a box of toys and a lot of spiders.

    Have you found your tent yet?
    No, but I have found my sleeping bag.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  5. B45
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    Re: "Hey, I've found a sleeping bag!"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would use it if I had been looking for something (including a sleeping bag) and had actually physically located it.

    I was looking around the attic and I found a sleeping bag, a box of toys and a lot of spiders.

    Have you found your tent yet?
    No, but I have found my sleeping bag.
    I should rephrase my question to: Why would you use the present perfect rather than the past tense in a situation like this?

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    Re: "Hey, I've found a sleeping bag!"

    I would guess that emsr2d2 would use the present perfect for the same reason that I would. It's correct in British English and we are BrE speakers.

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    Re: "Hey, I've found a sleeping bag!"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would guess that emsr2d2 would use the present perfect for the same reason that I would. It's correct in British English and we are BrE speakers.
    Could you please let me know the reason behind it?

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    Re: "Hey, I've found a sleeping bag!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Could you please let me know the reason behind it?
    What does your grammar book say about the use of the present perfect, Batman? This is basic. Why don't you try to explain it first?

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    Re: "Hey, I've found a sleeping bag!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    What does your grammar book say about the use of the present perfect, Batman? This is basic. Why don't you try to explain it first?
    I don't have a grammar book and I started to learn English very late, but I guess I get by with what I already know. For my children and family's sake, I'm trying to improve it so that they'll grow up speaking native English.

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    Re: "Hey, I've found a sleeping bag!"

    Well, I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.
    I'm going to try to explain to you why we should use the present perfect in this case.

    If you've found something, you have it now. If you found something, it doesnt necessary mean that you have it now. You could lose what you had found in 5 seconds.


    Probably I'm completely wrong, but I'd definetely use the present perfect, because I feel it's correct.
    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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