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    #1

    to have or not to have

    Somebody asked me today if he should say:

    Where are the packages I have purchased?

    or,

    Where are the packages I purchased?

    And he asked me to explain why.

    What would be the best explanation?

    Thank you,

    Michael


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    Re: to have or not to have

    Quote Originally Posted by redbourn View Post

    Where are the packages I have purchased?

    or,

    Where are the packages I purchased?


    Either one.

    Because.


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    #3

    Re: to have or not to have

    Both are fine. It would be normal to use the present perfect "have purchased" if the purchase was recent, or the simple past if it was longer ago.

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    #4

    Re: to have or not to have

    We both said the same thing, although Mike's explanation was better. (Mine was funnier.)


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