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    You won/have won the first prize

    In a grammar exercise, I chose the answer ‘have won’ (B below). I know my answer is right. However, I’m wondering if it’s possible at all that ‘won’ can also be the right answer. If not, why not?


    (A) “Congratulations, Mr Ron! You won the first prize!” the amcee announced.

    (B) “Congratulations, Mr Ron! You have won the first prize!” the amcee announced.


    Thank you for teaching me!

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    Re: You won/have won the first prize

    I would accept both tenses, though I prefer the present prefect. But "amcee? should be "emcee". "Emcee" stands for "MC" which stands for "Master of Ceremonies".

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    Re: You won/have won the first prize

    Thank you, @MikeNewYork for the spelling correction. It was an oversight on my part

    (A) was marked as an incorrect answer. I'm also of the opinion that both (A) and (B) are acceptable. However, the answer sheet says (B) is the correct answer.

    I wonder why.....

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    Re: You won/have won the first prize

    I think this is because the present perfect suggests that it has just happened while the simple past suggests that it happened in the past.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: You won/have won the first prize

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    I wonder why.....
    People who set this type of question often pay too much attention to grammarians' explanations of how tenses/aspects are commonly used. They seem to forget that these explanations are guidelines on how they are normally used, not firm rules on how they must be used..

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