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    #1

    Grammatical question.

    Well, I have a question regarding present perfect vs past simple..
    Am I supposed to say :
    The president of the U.S has announced / said / clarified ..etc
    or The president of the U.S announced / said / clarified.. etc


    Do I have the right to choose either of them and it would be correct ? Or are there rules about news in media ?

    Another question , if I add "today" to the previous sentences, will it make any difference ?
    For example, the president of the U.S "has" announced "today" a plan to defeat the I.S. Or ( without has ) ?
    And please tell me why.

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    Re: Grammatical question.

    Welcome to the forum, Hesh.

    Type present perfect/past simple in the Google Custom Search box near the top of the page.You will find links to many previous answers to your question.

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    Re: Grammatical question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Welcome to the forum, Hesh.

    Type present perfect/past simple in the Google Custom Search box near the top of the page.You will find links to many previous answers to your question.
    Thanks for welcoming me ,but I have already tried the Google custom search. It leads to A LOT of links and rules. I already know the rules but these specific sentences above just confuse me because sometimes I see in media websites "said" and other times "has said". So I appreciate it if somebody take a minute to just tell me which is correct. plz

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    Re: Grammatical question.

    In the specific contexts of your examples there is no difference in meaning.

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    #5

    Re: Grammatical question.

    In many cases, there is no difference between the present perfect and the simple past.

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