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    I saw an awkward sentence in a book, and I'm not sure what is right.

    Hello. :D

    I've known that you can't use a specific time expression with present perfect tense.

    However, I've seen a sentence like: We've established, a long time ago, that this is Canadian property.

    The publisher of the book with the sentence is thought to be one of the most authoritative ones in my country,
    so I thought "Am I wrong? Did I misunderstand the grammatical point?"

    I also thought that it could be correctly used when it comes to be among two commas.

    So, here is the thing that I want to know:
    Can I use specific time expressions like ago, when, or yesterday with present perfect tense?

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    #2

    Re: I saw an awkward sentence in a book, and I'm not sure what is right.

    "A long time ago" is not a specific time reference.

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