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    #1

    Present perfect and past simple.

    Hello. We are discussing this question.
    - "Let's go to the new movie downtown". "Thanks, I .......................(see) it already."
    a- "Let's go to the new movie downtown". "Thanks, I have seen it already."(I wrote)
    b- "Let's go to the new movie downtown". "Thanks, I saw it already."(My friend, a Vietnamese American, wrote)
    And he also said "This is due to a difference between American English and British English."
    Is the past simple tense often used with already in American English, please?

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    #2

    Re: Present perfect and past simple.

    The present perfect is better, but you will see the simple past used in AmE.

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    #3

    Re: Present perfect and past simple.

    In British English, the present perfect would be much more common there. However, the past simple doesn't sound wrong to me.

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    #4

    Re: Present perfect and past simple.

    Please note that a better title would have been I have seen it/I saw it.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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