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    present perfect or simple present with "no experience"

    Hello,

    Would you please tell me if it is correct to use the present perfect with the expression "no experience" here?

    "I'm afraid he has had no experience as a teacher of English."

    In my view, either the simple past or the present simple is required.
    The simple past to talk about a past state, and the simple present to discribe a present state.
    It is not a matter of duration here, isn't it?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: present perfect or simple present with "no experience"

    The present perfect "has had" and the simple present "has" both work. The past tense "had" does not.
    “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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