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    just - tense?

    Practical English Usage wrote,
    'When just means 'a moment ago', past and present perfect tenses are both possible in British English. A present perfect is preferred when we are giving news. .....

    In American English a past tense is also common. .....'


    Oxford Advanced Learner's English-Chinese Dictionary wrote,
    '(with perfect tenses; in US English with the simple past tense) very recently; in the immediate past'

    Which one is correct? 'Past and present perfect tenses' OR 'perfect tenses' is commonly used in British English?
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    Re: just - tense?

    BrE: I've just dropped my wallet OR I just dropped my wallet (the first is more common)
    AmE: I just dropped my wallet.

    So in BrE, the present perfect and the past simple can be used. In AmE, the past simple is used (almost) exclusively in this context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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