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    John has/arrived in San Diego a week ago

    Hi teachers.

    Can you use both simple past and present perfect for this sentence:

    John arrived in San Diego a week ago

    John has arrived in San Diego a week ago

    Thanks
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    Re: John has/arrived in San Diego a week ago

    No, you only use the simple past when the time of the action is stated.
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    Re: John has/arrived in San Diego a week ago

    Do you mean the sentence has to tell exactly the time ? like John arrived in San Diego a week ago at 5pm

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    Re: John has/arrived in San Diego a week ago

    How about this sentence

    When we first (start) started working here three years ago, the company...

    It doesn't state the time of the action, but they used simple past.

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    Re: John has/arrived in San Diego a week ago

    No, "a week/month ago" is considered a specific time in the past, so only the simple past tense is appropriate.
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    Re: John has/arrived in San Diego a week ago

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh88 View Post
    How about this sentence

    When we first (start) started working here three years ago, the company...

    It doesn't state the time of the action, but they used simple past.

    Thanks
    It does state the time of the action: ​three years ago.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: John has/arrived in San Diego a week ago

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh88 View Post
    Hi teachers​. !!!

    Can you use both simple past and present perfect for this these sentences?

    John arrived in San Diego a week ago.

    John has arrived in San Diego a week ago.

    Thanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh88 View Post
    Do you mean the sentence has to tell state exactly the exact time? like For example, John arrived in San Diego a week ago at 5pm.
    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh88 View Post
    How about this sentence?

    When we first (start) started working here three years ago, the company ...

    It doesn't state the time of the action, but they used simple past.

    Thanks.
    Note my corrections above. You seem to have trouble with punctuation. Follow these rules at all times:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with a single, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I".
    - Do not put a space before a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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