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    The present perfect and the past simple

    Yesterday I asked you one question connected with these tenses, but now I'd like to ask you a slightly distinct question.

    - I haven't done it.
    - Why haven't you done it?
    - Because I haven't had time.

    The second option, which sounds better in my opinion.

    - I haven't done it.
    - Why did you not do it?
    - Because I didn't have time.

    However I'm not convinced, because I can't find the explanation of this problem in any books.
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    Re: The present perfect and the past simple

    The second would be better if the first person had said, "I didn't do it". Otherwise there's no point for the second speaker to change tenses.

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    Re: The present perfect and the past simple

    What about this situation?
    I've stolen the car, because I've needed a way of transport or I stole the car, because I needed a way of transport. Which sentence do you tend to use to explain your decisions?

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    Re: The present perfect and the past simple

    "I've stolen the car" implies that you still have it. It's a present tense. "I stole the car" does not have this implication. Also, "I've needed..." is unnatural. You either needed it when you stole it, or you still need it.

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    Re: The present perfect and the past simple

    I've stolen the car because I needed it. I want to empathise that I still have it. Is this sentence correct?

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    Re: The present perfect and the past simple

    Yes, it's good enough. You will understand the present perfect with more experience.

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    Re: The present perfect and the past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner1999 View Post
    empathise emphasise
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