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    Granny hit me

    According to Practical English usage when we talk about something that connects past action to present situation we use Present perfect.

    A:why are you crying?
    Kid:Granny hit me.
    Why not Granny has hit me?

    For me It sounds like boy was crying because granny has hit him


    Secondly,I want to ask that can I use "Isolated case" to describe someone who is weird?

    Thanks for help.

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    Re: Granny hit me

    A distressed child whose grandmother has hit him can be forgiven for not considering the tense he uses when telling us about it.

    Please start a new thread for your unrelated second question.

    EDIT: Are you saying that the dialogue between A and the kid is an example given in the book to illustrate the present perfect?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Sep-2015 at 22:40.

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    #3

    Re: Granny hit me

    This is one of those times that an American would be just as likely to use simple past as present perfect.

    (But I *hope* it's not being used to illustrate the present perfect!)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Granny hit me

    Thanks Barb_D.
    No It is not,Rather to illustrate otherwise.

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    #5

    Re: Granny hit me

    I prefer the simple past there. The fact is the Granny hit him.

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    #6

    Re: Granny hit me

    I would use the past too. If the person has to ask, it is likely that the violence took place, say, in another room, so the connection to now is slightly less direct. However, the present perfect is OK.

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