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    Is this sentence correct ?

    Hello,

    This is my first question in this Forum, I hope someone can help, I'm new at learning English and I was wondering if this sentence is correct.

    SENTENCE: I haven't seen it when it was finished. (talking about a downloaded file).

    Thanks.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    I would say 'I didn't see the file when the download was complete', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mooradist View Post
    SENTENCE: I haven't seen it when it was finished. (talking about a downloaded file).
    Welcome to the forum, Mooradidt.

    "... when it was finished" locates the finishing in the past, and therefore the present perfect form "I haven't seen it" is inappropriate. You need the past simple, "I didn't see it".
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Oct-2015 at 19:10.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I would say 'I didn't see the file when the download was complete', but I am not a teacher.
    Your choice of tense is correct, but I see no reason to change anything else.

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    #5

    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    Welcome to using English.


    We are glad you have joined us.


    However, for future posts, please choose a title for your thread that says what is in the post. Simply asking whether a sentence correct is not a good thread title. If you use that title for all of your questions, you will not be able to tell them apart. You could call this thread "I haven't seen the file" for example.
    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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    #6

    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    Thank you so much, that was very helpful.

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    #7

    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    Mooradist, clicking on the 'Thank' button can obviate the need for a new post saying 'Thank you'; such is one of the many unwritten rules on this forum.

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    #8

    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    Do you mean that you have not looked at the file since you downloaded it? Or that you can't find the file?

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    #9

    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    Haven't looked

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    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    "I downloaded it, but I haven't looked at it yet."

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