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    Past Tense vs Present Perfect Confusion


    I have been studying English grammer online. I encountered this question and the right answer have confused me.

    Shouldn't it be have started?



    The actors
    arrived yesterday and started ( start) rehearsals early this morning.
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    Re: Past Tense vs Present Perfect Confusion

    No. You need a past tense for a past-time event.

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    Re: Past Tense vs Present Perfect Confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by kayhanayk View Post

    I have been studying English grammer online. I encountered this question and the right answer have confused me.

    Shouldn't it be have started?



    The actors
    arrived yesterday and started ( start) rehearsals early this morning.
    Past Tense: To express the idea that an action started and finished at a specific time in the past.

    Perfect Tense: To say that an action happened at an unspecified time before now.

    Not a teacher.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 04-Dec-2016 at 19:36. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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    Re: Past Tense vs Present Perfect Confusion

    I think the present perfect can be used in 'The actors arrived yesterday and have started rehearsals today'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Past Tense vs Present Perfect Confusion

    Yes, it can. 'Today' is not a past time.

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