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    #1

    Hear

    Dear Teachers,

    A. What have you heard about Manchester in the past?
    B. What did you hear about Manchester in the past?
    - What is the difference between these questions?

    Thanks a million!

    Namsteven

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    #2

    Re: Hear

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    Nothing much. A suggests that the listener may hear more in the future-- but that is only vaguely in the mind of the speaker.
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    Re: Hear

    I agree with MM.

    In addition, because the simple past tense makes reference to an exact or specific time, implied or stated, and the perfect aspect doesn't, to me specifically is implied in B. but would have to be stated in A.

    A. What have you heard specifically about Manchester in the past?

    B. What did you hear (specifically) about Manchester in the past?

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