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    present perfect / past simple

    Hello,
    In my exercise I've just stummbled upon the next task:

    I've owned / owned about ten different camaras over the years.

    According to the exam maximiser the right answer is "have owned", so I think the expression "over the years" talks about a long period of time up to the present moment, am I right?

    Denis.
    Last edited by denismurs; 20-Nov-2015 at 19:19. Reason: orthography

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    Re: present perfect / past simple

    1. What is wrong with "I've owned about ten different cameras over the years"?
    2. What is an exam maximiser?
    3. Yes, the phrase "over the years" does suggest a long period of time.

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    Re: present perfect / past simple

    "I've owned" is correct in the context of your sentence.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: present perfect / past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    1. What is wrong with "I've owned about ten different cameras over the years"?
    2. What is an exam maximiser?
    3. Yes, the phrase "over the years" does suggest a long period of time.
    1. I thought that they told about a specific period of time in the past, if it was right, I would use the past simple because I haven't know till now that "over the years" in this context means a long period of time conected to the present moment. In BrE it requires the present perfect tense.
    2. It's an additional book to the course one, which consist only of exercises to make a learner be prepared at top.
    FCE. I study Advanced.

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    #5

    Re: present perfect / past simple

    The problem with sentence 1 is that came​ras is misspelt.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: present perfect / past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The problem with sentence 1 is that came​ras is misspelt.
    Well, he misspelled "stumbled" too. (Probably just a typo.)

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