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    #1

    "I just woke up" or "I just wake up"

    hello,

    i am just wondering if i talk about very very recent event, so should i use simple past tense or present tense

    E.G, I just woke up.

    or i just wake up.

    or i can use both of them to express my condition?

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    Re: present tense or simple tense ?

    In BrE, we normally use the present perfect for a recent past event with 'just' - I have just woken up.We can use the past simple if we locate the event in the past, no matter how recent that is - I woke up ten seconds ago.

    We do not use the present simple in either of those situations.

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    Re: present tense or simple tense ?

    Markchoi, please review the rules of written English you were given by Barb and GoesStation in this thread.

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    #4

    Re: "I just woke up" or "I just wake up"

    Quote Originally Posted by Markchoi1992 View Post
    hello,

    i am just wondering if i talk about very very recent event, so should i use simple past tense or present tense

    E.G, I just woke up.

    or i just wake up.

    or i can use both of them to express my condition?
    Think about it this way: an event that happened even 1 second ago is no longer in the present. The present tense carries a different meaning. For example, I wake up at 8 every morning (this means it happens every day).

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