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    Question "I have started" or "I started"

    Hello.
    I have a question. Which is correct in this sentence:

    "I have started eating raw fish and I think I'll die soon" or I started without "have" is enough? What is a difference?

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    Re: "I have started" or "I started"

    For me, the present perfect form suggests a more recent start.

    The past simple form allows for the possibility that I stopped eating raw fish at some later time.

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    Re: "I have started" or "I started"

    Piscean, I think you mean 'at some earlier time'.

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    Re: "I have started" or "I started"

    I think Piscean means 'at some later time after starting eating raw fish', but I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 04-Aug-2015 at 17:10. Reason: Typo.

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    Re: "I have started" or "I started"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Piscean, I think you mean 'at some earlier time'.
    I can't stop eating it before I have started eating it.

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    Re: "I have started" or "I started"

    I think Rover_KE means 'stopped eating it at some earlier time before now', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "I have started" or "I started"

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think Piscean means 'at some later time after starting eating raw fish', but I am not a teacher.
    I think Rover_KE means 'stopped eating it at some earlier time before now', but I am not a teacher.
    I am sure you mean well when you try to explain what you think people mean, but it might be better to wait until they have had a chance to explain their own words themselves.

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