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    Hello All,
    I still confused on choosing the accurate tense.
    Why on the attached image, we use 'we have enrolled' instead of ' we enrolled' ?
    I think the act of enrollment was done, and there is no need to use 'present perfect'
    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: we 've enrolled vs we enrolled .

    The present perfect applies to the "result of an action in the past which is important in the present" and a "recently completed action"── see http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar/pres_perf.htm

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    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 19-May-2014 at 12:25. Reason: typo

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    Re: we 've enrolled vs we enrolled .

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The present perfect applies to the "result of an action in the past which is important in the present" and an "recently completed action"── see http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar/pres_perf.htm

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    Thanks.But why the result is important to him?He don't use of the result at the moment of speaking , he just want to aware her of his enrollment.

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    Re: we 've enrolled vs we enrolled .

    I am not a teacher.

    You would use the simple past if the enrolment had no connection to the present, but that isn't the case here.

    They have enrolled in a language school, but they haven't gone there yet.

    If they had done the same thing a year earlier they could say "We enrolled in a language school and spent two weeks in Paris."

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    Re: we 've enrolled vs we enrolled .

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    But why the result is important to him?
    The important result is that he can't be going with his family.
    But you should say "We enrolled in a language school yesterday", because "yesterday" denotes it is in the past.

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    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 19-May-2014 at 12:34.

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    Re: we 've enrolled vs we enrolled .

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The important result is that he can't be going with his family.

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    No, I meant what is the important result of ' we have enrollment' . I think you misunderstood.

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    Re: we 've enrolled vs we enrolled .

    We have enrolled, so we have to go there, such is the important result.

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    Re: we 've enrolled vs we enrolled .

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    I am not a teacher.

    You would use the simple past if the enrolment had no connection to the present, but that isn't the case here.

    They have enrolled in a language school, but they haven't gone there yet.

    If they had done the same thing a year earlier they could say "We enrolled in a language school and spent two weeks in Paris."
    Thanks for helpful reply.So in the case he attend the class , and after one day of attending the class , he saw his friend but he use 'we have enrolled' or ' we enrolled'?

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    Re: we 've enrolled vs we enrolled .

    We had enrolled in a language school and we attended the first class yesterday.

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    Re: we 've enrolled vs we enrolled .

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    Thanks for helpful reply.So in the case he attend the class , and after one day of attending the class , he saw his friend but he use 'we have enrolled' or ' we enrolled'?
    I am not a teacher.

    In this case I would say, "We enrolled and started our class yesterday."

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