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    Present Perfect vs Past Simple

    James: What happened to my cookies?

    John:

    "I ate them."

    "I have eaten them."

    Which one should John say? Why?

    I think "I ate them" is correct because John just wants to tell James what he did in the past.

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    Re: Present Perfect vs Past Simple

    They're both perfectly acceptable to me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Present Perfect vs Past Simple

    James: What happened to my cookies?
    John: I ate them.
    James: So, are you going to get some more?


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    Re: Present Perfect vs Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    They're both perfectly acceptable to me.
    Are there any differences in meaning?

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    #5

    Re: Present Perfect vs Past Simple

    'I ate them yesterday.'
    'I have eaten them today.'
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Present Perfect vs Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'I ate them yesterday.'
    'I have eaten them today.'
    Not a teacher.
    You can also say 'I ate them this morning'.

    The past tense is used as a statement of the past action/task.
    The prefect tense is used as a statement that the action/task has been completed/accomplished.

    not a teacher

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    Re: Present Perfect vs Past Simple

    'I ate them minutes ago.'
    'I have just eaten them.'
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Present Perfect vs Past Simple

    Matthew, those work for me.

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