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    #1

    Present Perfect or Past Simple in AmE

    How is better to say?

    1. "I never thought that language training is so fascinating" or
    "I've never thought that language training is so fascinating"

    2. "I started in time" or "I've started in time" (he's saying about language learning).

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    Re: Present Perfect or Past Simple in AmE

    1. I never thought that language training could be so fascintating
    2.
    Depends on the context, how connected is the statement to the present situation?
    I have a French exam next year, I hope I've started learning in time.
    Last year I had a French exam, luckily I started learning in time and passed easily.

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    #3

    Re: Present Perfect or Past Simple in AmE

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewberlin View Post
    I have a French exam next year, I hope I've started learning in time.
    Thanks a lot, Andrew! My situation is similar to this one.

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    #4

    Re: Present Perfect or Past Simple in AmE

    Possibilities.

    Perhaps:

    What is the best way to say it?

    1. I never thought language training would be so fascinating.

    2. I started in time to learn enough Spanish for my trip to Mexico.

    Or:

    I started in time to learn enough French for my trip to Paris.

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