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    present perfect tense

    I explained to my villager that 'any past event can be spoken in present tense using present perfect tense'. After saying it , I started to think about it. Is it true?

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    #2

    Re: present perfect tense

    I'm afraid I don't even know what it's intended to mean. Can you give an example of this?

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    Re: present perfect tense

    An action or event that took place in the past . For eg., first world war, a man got killed. All of these events can be said in present tense using present perfect tense. I mean, it is possible though in practical it depends on the context. People here have the notion that 'past tense' is always used if an action or event took place in past. But, I told him that any action that took place in the past can be spoken in 'present tense' in English language.

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    Re: present perfect tense

    All of these events can be said in present tense using present perfect tense.
    This is the part that doesn't make sense, rock-onn.

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    #5

    Re: present perfect tense

    What tense(s) do you think "In the First World War, a man got killed" uses?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: present perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    But, I told him that any action that took place in the past can be spoken in 'present tense' in English language.
    Many grammarians consider the present perfect to be an aspect of the present tense. However, most non-grammarians think of only the present simple and present progressive when they hear/see 'present tense'. This is why your claim is confusing.

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    Re: present perfect tense

    Given that the First World War is a (long) finished period of time, you are going to struggle to find a way of talking about the deaths in the present perfect. If you wanted to talk about impacts of the war that still affect us, the present perfect would work.

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    #8

    Re: present perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    I explained to my villager that any past event can be spoken expressed in present tense using the present perfect tense. After saying it, I started to think about it. Is it true?
    No, that's not possible. I also don't know what you mean by "my villager." Perhaps you mean "someone who comes from the same village as I do."


    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    An action or event that took place in the past, For e.g., the death of a man who was killed in the First World War , a man got killed. All of these events can be said expressed in the present tense using present perfect tense. I mean, it is possible though in practical it depends on the context. People here have the notion that the past tense is always used if an action or event took place in the past. But, I told him that any action that took place in the past can be spoken expressed in a present tense in the English language.
    No. You cannot (in 2017) say "John Daley has been killed" if that man was killed in the First World War. You need to use the past simple for that.

    Say:
    John Daley was killed in the First World War.

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