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    Question Time!!!

    How can I say something that just happened a little time after the present time?

    ex. I just got off the train. I got off the train a moment ago. Are these sentences good? Do you have a better example?

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    #2

    Re: Time!!!

    I think you mean a short amount of time before the present time?

    Your sentences are good.

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    Re: Time!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think you mean a short amount of time before the present time?
    Right, that's what I mean.


    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Your sentences are good.

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    Thanks! How about the use of "a while ago"? Is it applicable to my sentences?

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    Re: Time!!!

    The present perfect tense denotes an action that has just been completed; as,

    I have just got off the train.


    The simple or past indefinite denotes a single act in the past; as,

    I got off the train half an hour ago.


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    Re: Time!!!

    "A while ago" implies a longer length of time than what you want, I think.

    Your sentences are fine. If you want more examples, try:

    I just now got off the train.

    I just this minute [or even this second, which obviously would be exaggeration] got off the train.

    These might be NAE or even southern US - don't know for sure.

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    Re: Time!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhaheart View Post
    The present perfect tense denotes an action that has just been completed; as,

    I have just got off the train.

    If I use the present perfect, wouldn't it be :

    "I have just gotten of the train."

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    Re: Time!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    If I use the present perfect, wouldn't it be :

    "I have just gotten of the train."
    No - in American English gotten, the past participle form of the verb get, is used ony when it means buy/purchase or receive something. Cf.

    I (have) just got off the train.
    I have just gotten a new bicycle.


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    #8

    Re: Time!!!

    As an American, I would say "I have just gotten off the train."

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    Thumbs down Re: Time!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    As an American, I would say "I have just gotten off the train."
    Then, my source has again failed to provide me with correct information. Sorry.


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    Re: Time!!!

    After sitting here at the monitor muttering, "Got, gotten, got, gotten," I finally googled. Turns out there is quite the little debate on this topic in linguistic circles. This is one of many explanations. I had no idea "gotten" had been preserved like a bug in amber as part of our colonial heritage.

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