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    Ungifted is offline Junior Member
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    have vs. did

    Please take a look at my two short sentences.
    Have you heard of her again?
    Did you hear of her again?

    I just want to know whether they are equal in terms of their meaning and usage.

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    Re: have vs. did

    No. Please give us the context in which you want to use them.

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    Re: have vs. did

    Frankly speaking I thought they were identical in meaning. Given the fact they are not, I need further help from you.

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    Re: have vs. did

    First, did you mean "heard of" or "heard from"? Do you know the difference between them?

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    Re: have vs. did

    @teechar
    I think it'd be best you explain the difference between "heard of" and "heard from" to me first. Thanks.

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    Re: have vs. did

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    We are not here to replace dictionaries.
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...r-of?q=hear+of
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...om?q=hear+from
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: have vs. did

    @Matthew Wai
    No matter what Rover_KE posted it's a damn good dictionary. Thanks for the link.
    But let's go back to my original post and question.

    Okay, in terms of their tenses one sentence is simple past and the other pesent perfect.
    So far so good. But what's the difference between the two sentences in terms of their meaning and usage?

    Have you heard from her again?
    Did you hear from her again?

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    Re: have vs. did

    Please respond to the following first:

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Please give us the context in which you want to use them.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: have vs. did

    Quote Originally Posted by Ungifted View Post
    Have you heard from her again?
    Because of the present perfect, this sentence has a connection to the present time. It implies there is a chance the person may yet hear (or may have recently heard) from her again. You may also come across "Have you heard from her since?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ungifted View Post
    Did you hear from her again?
    This puts the whole context (situation) in the past. For example, she may be dead now, or for whatever reason, there is little chance that the person will hear from her again.

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    Re: have vs. did

    1. Have you heard from her again since you last saw her?
    2. Did you hear from her again after you last saw her?
    I am not a teacher.

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