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    Re: American native speakers and simple past and present perfect tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Eslam Elbyaly View Post
    But in the majority of situations they tend to use the simple past?

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    Hello, Eslam Elbyaly:

    I agree with you.

    If some Americans are leaving a movie theater, you might hear them say, "Wow! That's the best movie I ever saw." (Instead of have ever seen)

    Of course, saw would be correct if the speaker knew that s/he would never see another movie in his/her life.

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    Re: American native speakers and simple past and present perfect tenses

    Maybe they just mean "That was the best movie I ever saw", acknowledging that the entire experience is in the past. I don't think it's wrong, and even if it is, we'd better get used to it because it is very common.
    Last edited by probus; 01-Sep-2019 at 11:32. Reason: Correct punctuation

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