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    use of have with past participle

    which of these two options for two phrases is the most grammatically correct?

    We investigated many alternatives.
    We have investigated many alternatives.

    In the first half we scored six goals.
    In the first half we have scored six goals


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    Re: use of have with past participle

    We investigated many alternatives.
    We have investigated many alternatives.

    In the first half we scored six goals.
    In the fisrt half we have scored six goals


    All are grammatically correct. Which you would use depends on the context and meaning you as speaker are wishing to convey:
    We investigated many alternatives before abandoning the project.
    We have investigated many alternatives (so far), and our research is continuing.

    In the first half we scored six goals, and won the game, even though we didn't score in the second half.
    "In the first half we have/we've scored six goals, but now we need to go back on that field and do even better if we are going to win this match."
    (Said at half time).

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