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    Has gone / went (et al)

    I quite often hear police (but many others also) talking to the effect of "the offender has gone into the bush".

    It sounds horrible to me; and I'm not sure why "the offender went into the bush" could not be used.



    Common variations often heard can be "The offender has run down the street" instead of "the offender ran down the street" or "the suspect has come through the front door" instead of "the suspect came through the front door", etc.


    What I don't understand is how are these two sentence structures different technically? If one is correct over the other, why?

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    Re: Has gone / went (et al)

    In many cases, the simple past and the present perfect can be used in the same circumstances. Try searching Google for present perfect uses.

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    #3

    Re: Has gone / went (et al)

    Quote Originally Posted by trsgobo View Post
    If one is correct over the other, why?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Trsgobo:

    My books tell me that many times the past or the present perfect can be used with about the same meaning.

    Those books point out, however, that sometimes a slight difference depends on the time element.


    Police officer #1: Where is the suspect? Have you seen her?

    Police officer #2: Yeah. She has just gone into the bushes. [Maybe she entered the bushes two minutes ago.] Let's go get her!


    *****

    Police Officer #1: Where is the suspect? Have you seen him?

    Police Officer #2: Yeah. He went into the bushes. [Maybe an hour ago.] I have been waiting for you to arrive. I didn't want want to go into the bushes by myself.
    Last edited by TheParser; 20-Jan-2015 at 16:46. Reason: punctuation

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    #4

    Re: Has gone / went (et al)

    As you have pointed out, things change when you add the word "just".

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