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    I post a picture of a man shoving food down his throat. My friend writes under the p

    I post a picture of a man shoving food down his throat. My friend writes under the picture: That's you.

    I reply with :

    You've caught me!

    VS

    You caught me!

    Are both the same here?

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    Re: I post a picture of a man shoving food down his throat. My friend writes under t

    The lst using the present perfect tense is more natural.

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    Re: I post a picture of a man shoving food down his throat. My friend writes under t

    The second is more natural for me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I post a picture of a man shoving food down his throat. My friend writes under t

    I agree with ems.

    Ted, why don't you let native speakers answer first?

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    Re: I post a picture of a man shoving food down his throat. My friend writes under t

    Why is the second more natural than the first?

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    Re: I post a picture of a man shoving food down his throat. My friend writes under t

    It's what most native speakers would say.

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    Re: I post a picture of a man shoving food down his throat. My friend writes under t

    That's what we mean when we say that something sounds natural - it's what we would probably elect to say as our first choice. There are usually two or three ways of saying anything but frequently, there is one choice which most native speakers would use. If something is ungrammatical, we'll tell you.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I post a picture of a man shoving food down his throat. My friend writes under t

    So the present perfect is not wrong but just not as natural as the simple past.

    The only reason why I chose the present perfect over the simple was because I replied her only a few minutes after she made a comment about the picture.

    So, I just thought the present perfect would be more correct in that scenario. Because it's the present perfect tense.

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    Re: I post a picture of a man shoving food down his throat. My friend writes under t

    I understand your reasoning but there is no need for the present perfect. Writing "You caught me!" is like saying "In that photo, you caught me shoving food into my face". You could say that to someone even if you were looking at the photo years after it was taken. It's just a statement of fact - you caught me doing something.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I post a picture of a man shoving food down his throat. My friend writes under t

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    So the present perfect is not wrong but just not as natural as the simple past.

    The only reason why I chose the present perfect over the simple was because I replied her only a few minutes after she made a comment about the picture.

    So, I just thought the present perfect would be more correct in that scenario. Because it's the present perfect tense.
    Batman45,you always have more example of live to post here. I appreciate you and learn from you.

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