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    studied vs have studied in present situation answering a past action

    Assume this is the scenario. I need to study for 3 hours every week and I have done it. Today is Sunday and while I am playing cards, mum walks in.


    Mum asks "Why are you playing cards and not studying?"


    (1) My answer " I am playing cards and not studying because I have studied my designated 3 hours yesterday."

    (2) My answer " I am playing cards and not studying because I studied my designated 3 hours yesterday."


    Which answer is grammatically correct? And why ?


    My personal opinion : Since I have the word "yesterday", logically, it seems like (2)is correct. However, (1) somehow seems correct too but I don't know why (I might be wrong).


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    Re: studied vs have studied in present situation answering a past action

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    Hello, Esidarap:

    I think that #1 would be acceptable if you just deleted "yesterday":

    "I'm relaxing now because I have already studied for the required three hours."

    Compare: "I have already read that book." / "I read that book last year."
    Last edited by TheParser; 29-Dec-2014 at 15:29. Reason: unnecessary quotation

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    Re: studied vs have studied in present situation answering a past action

    It's a very formal way of speaking to your mum. I would expect a somewhat more relaxed "I'm playing cards cos I've already done my three hours study for this week".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: studied vs have studied in present situation answering a past action

    Quote Originally Posted by Esidarap View Post
    My personal opinion : Since I have the word "yesterday", logically, it seems like (2)is correct.
    That's my personal opinion too, without the following doubt.

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    Re: studied vs have studied in present situation answering a past action

    I am not happy with the "word" "cos". I don't think we should encourage its use.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 30-Dec-2014 at 08:41. Reason: typo

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    Re: studied vs have studied in present situation answering a past action

    I was trying to convey the casual, colloquial way people speak (whether it's to their parents or not). Unless I'm in a formal situation, I don't say "because". I'm not encouraging its written use except when reporting speech.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: studied vs have studied in present situation answering a past action

    I never omit the 'b' even in quick speech. I might say however, not 'cs' but 'bs'.

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