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    #1

    Past simple or present perfect?

    Although Im a native speaker, Im not quite sure which answer is correct!

    1) Its been ages since Ive done that

    or

    2) Its been ages since I did that.

    HELP!!


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    #2

    Re: Past simple or present perfect?

    The answer is 1) It's been ages since I've done that! Tense: present perfect, for e.g., have eaten, have come, have done.

  1. #3

    Re: Past simple or present perfect?

    Hi,

    I'd say " It's been ages since I've done that"

    From one native speaker to another.


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    #4

    Re: Past simple or present perfect?

    Since I'm not a native speaker, my answer is somewhat different from yours, but I stand on good grounds.

    1. It's been ages since I started learning English.

    2. It's been 1o years since I moved to this city.

    3. It's been ages since I did that last time.


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    #5

    Re: Past simple or present perfect?

    I am on your side, Piousoul. M.Swan seems to prefer #2, too.


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    #6

    Re: Past simple or present perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    I am on your side, Piousoul. M.Swan seems to prefer #2, too.
    Thanks, Humble, for your support, but I really don't know why some people would prefer #1.
    By the way, who is M. Swasn?


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    #7

    Re: Past simple or present perfect?

    It's one of the most famous grammarians, Michael Swan.


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    #8

    Re: Past simple or present perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    It's one of the most famous grammarians, Michael Swan.
    Thanks, Humble, for the good news.

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