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    I (have) just finished it five minutes ago.

    A: Have you finished the term report yet?
    B: No. How about you?
    A: Yeah. I have already finished it. Actually, I (have) just finished it five minutes ago.
    -In the final sentence, what verb tense should I use?

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    Re: I (have) just finished it five minutes ago.

    'You CANNOT use the Present Perfect with specific time expressions such as: yesterday, one year ago, last week, when I was a child, when I lived in Japan, at that moment, that day, one day, etc.' (My emphasis.)── quoted from http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfect.html

    Having read the above, I think the simple past 'finished' is correct.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 20-Jan-2016 at 14:34. Reason: Fixing a typo.
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    Re: I (have) just finished it five minutes ago.

    You may hear the present perfect construction in speech, but there will be a pause after 'it'. In speech we sometimes run two thoughts together:

    I have just finished it - five minutes ago = I have just finished it + I finished it five minutes ago.


    We do not do this in writing or in careful speech.

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    Re: I (have) just finished it five minutes ago.

    I'd use the following:

    Actually, I just finished it five minutes ago.
    or
    Actually, I finished it just five minutes ago.

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