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    How can present perfect describe my status

    I've read before that present perfect describes my current status could anyone please explain this concept ?
    For example when i say " I've written something " how can this describe my status

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    Re: How can present perfect describe my status

    I have a status of having written something.

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    Re: How can present perfect describe my status

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I have a status of having written something.
    So thats what you mean when you say I've written something ?

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    Re: How can present perfect describe my status

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    So thats what you mean when you say I've written something ?
    Yes.

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    Re: How can present perfect describe my status

    'I have a status of having written something' sounds unnatural to me.

    I can't imagine why anybody would say that.

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    Re: How can present perfect describe my status

    Quote Originally Posted by Ab.m View Post
    I've read before that present perfect describes my current status could anyone please explain this concept ?
    For example when i say " I've written something " how can this describe my status
    It would be more appropriate to say that we can use the present perfect to talk about the current status/state (of something/someone

    In your sentence, the letter is in a completed state.

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    Re: How can present perfect describe my status

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It would be more appropriate to say that we can use the present perfect to talk about the current status/state (of something/someone

    In your sentence, the letter is in a completed state.
    Thank you.
    but completed state means that it's a finished action, or it means that the letter is ready or available now ?

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    Re: How can present perfect describe my status

    If you say "I've written a letter," the act of writing is finished. You are no longer writing.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: How can present perfect describe my status

    Without further context, "I've written a letter" and "I wrote a letter" pretty much mean the same thing.

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    Re: How can present perfect describe my status

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Without further context, "I've written a letter" and "I wrote a letter" pretty much mean the same thing.
    They are rarely interchangeable in BrE.

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