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  1. #1
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    Did I show Vs Have I shown

    I want to ask my friend whether i have shown the picture before or not?
    which one of the following is right?

    Did I show this to you?
    OR
    Have I shown this to you?

    Please advice.

    Thanks,
    Ravi

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    riverkid is offline Banned
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    Re: Did I show Vs Have I shown

    Quote Originally Posted by ravikumarkargam View Post
    I want to ask my friend whether i have shown him/her the picture before or not?
    which one of the following is right?

    Did I show this to you?
    OR
    Have I shown this to you?

    Please [advice] advise.

    Thanks,
    Ravi
    Hello Ravi.

    You can use either one. Using 'have' is more polite/more formal and/or shows that you consider the 'showing' a more important event.

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    Re: Did I show Vs Have I shown

    Thanks a bunch for corrections and advise.

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    Re: Did I show Vs Have I shown

    Hi,

    I don't remember whether i have ever shown the picture to my friend or not?
    In this context, is "Did I show this to you" right?
    I feel, as it talks only about past tense and as it doesn't cover till now situation unlike the other statement(have I shown), it doesn't fit in this context.
    Is it still right? If yes, could you please let me know the reason.

    Thanks,
    Ravi

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