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    the present perfect or past perfect

    if i want to say last night we ate the dinner

    can i say i have dinner

    or i have had dinner ?

    or i had had dinner

    the use of tense is confusing me a lot

    please tell me the more detailed information about those tenses

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    #2

    Re: the present perfect or past perfect

    You used the most natural tense in your first line: the past simple.

    Remember to start every sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period ("full stop " in British English), question mark, or exclamation mark. Don't put a space before the punctuation that ends a sentence.
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    Re: the present perfect or past perfect

    Welcome to the forum, Markchoi.

    We don't give tutorials on grammar topics which have already been extensively covered elsewhere. Click here and ask us again if you have any specific questions.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 19-Apr-2017 at 20:52. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #4

    Re: the present perfect or past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You used the most natural tense in your first line: the past simple.

    Remember to start every sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period ("full stop " in British English), question mark, or exclamation mark. Don't put a space before the punctuation that ends a sentence.
    but can i just say like ' i just have had dinner before' < does it sound more like what the natives speak?

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    #5

    Re: the present perfect or past perfect

    That doesn't work.

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    #6

    Re: the present perfect or past perfect

    Please remember to use a capital I and to start sentences with a capital letter.

    I'm not hungry. I have just had/eaten my dinner.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: the present perfect or past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Remember to start every sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period ("full stop " in British English), question mark, or exclamation mark.
    Quote Originally Posted by Markchoi1992 View Post
    But can I just say, for example, like 'I just have had dinner before.' < Does it that sound more like what the natives speak​ers say?
    In addition to my advice quoted above, always capitalize the word "I". Never put a space after a quotation mark.
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