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    have found it or found it

    Is it right to say " I have found the movie that your sister suggested , on YouTube." Or
    " I found the movie that your sister suggested, on YouTube "
    How do I know and be sure which tense to use when I talk about something that has happened a few hours ago or days ago?

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    #2

    Re: have found it or found it

    If it was a few hours ago, use the present perfect. I would not use a comma after "suggested" in either sentence. If it was a few days ago, the simple past would be fine.

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    Re: have found it or found it

    I think you could only use the simple past if 'ago' was mentioned, even if it was just a few minutes ago, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: have found it or found it

    "Have found" is more BrE, "found" is common in AmE, in such a context.

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    Re: have found it or found it

    To add to what Konungursvia wrote, I believe that's the only significant grammatical difference between British and American English. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)

    American's don't apply the British rule about actions in the past, results in the present-- "I found my keys" sounds fine to me as an American. Also, the present perfect sounds more formal and "significant" to us: "I've found it!" sounds like Archimedes speaking.

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    Re: have found it or found it

    Quote Originally Posted by Oll Korrect View Post
    American's don't apply ...
    Americans. No apostrophe.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: have found it or found it

    Quote Originally Posted by Oll Korrect View Post
    To add to what Konungursvia wrote, I believe that's the only significant grammatical difference between British and American English. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)

    American's don't apply the British rule about actions in the past, results in the present-- "I found my keys" sounds fine to me as an American. Also, the present perfect sounds more formal and "significant" to us: "I've found it!" sounds like Archimedes speaking.
    Another is the way the Brits use collective nouns with plural verbs. The head office are pleased. The team are in shape. The army are considering new training methods. We only do so with the police I believe, with any frequency. Another is their use of segmentation in colloquial speech (subject appearing twice): He's a good lad, he is. I think there are others.

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    #8

    Re: have found it or found it

    The subjunctive comes to mind.

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