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    They left a few minutes ago

    They left a few minutes ago.

    They have left a few minutes ago.

    Are both the above sentences correct and do they convey the same meaning?

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    Re: They left a few minutes ago

    I consider the second wrong, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: They left a few minutes ago

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    They left a few minutes ago.

    They have left a few minutes ago.
    The first is fine; the second is not. We don't normally use a present perfect form with a past-time marker.

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    Re: They left a few minutes ago

    'They have just left.'
    There is no past-time marker above, so I think it is correct, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: They left a few minutes ago

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'They have just left.'
    There is no past-time marker above, so I think it is correct, but I am not a teacher.
    That's fine in British English. We generally consider that something that has just​ happened is so recent that it is closely related to the present.

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    Re: They left a few minutes ago

    A natural dialogue might be:

    A. They have left.
    B. When did they leave?
    A. They left a few minutes ago.

    The final line would be perfectly acceptable as simply "A few minutes ago". "They left" is understood because it's the answer to the preceding question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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