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    are these sentences ok?

    Hi! Could you help me correct these sentences (Simple past/present perfect)? Thanks a lot. Ripley.


    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']1a Havenít tou heard what Dad said? You must go to bed at once. [/FONT]
    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']- But he has just gone out. Can't I watch some TV? [/FONT]

    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']1b Didnít you hear what Dad said? You must go to bed at once. [/FONT]
    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']- But he has just gone out. Can't I watch some TV?[/FONT]

    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']1c Havenít tou heard what Dad has said? You must go to bed at once. [/FONT]
    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']- But he has just gone out. Can't I watch some TV?[/FONT]

    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']1d Didnít you hear what Dad has said? You must go to bed at once. [/FONT]
    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']- But he has just gone out. Can't I watch some TV?[/FONT]


    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']2a -have you seen the block of flats they built at the foot of the hill? They're outrageous! [/FONT]
    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']- [/FONT][FONT='Arial','sans-serif']Yes,l saw them when I went to see my mother the other 'day.[/FONT]

    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']2b -have you seen the block of flats they have built at the foot of the hill? They're outrageous! [/FONT]


    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']3a Paola hasnít arrived yet. She said she was coming on the 4.30 train and itís almost 5.30. She has missed the train. Or perhaps they have changed the timetable. Did you check with the information office? [/FONT]

    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']3b Paola hasnít arrived yet. She has said she was coming on the 4.30 train and itís almost 5.30. She has missed the train. Or perhaps they have changed the timetable. Have you checked with the information office? [/FONT]

    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']4a What are all those police cars doing there? What has happened? [/FONT]
    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']There has been a robbery at the bank. [/FONT]

    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']4b What are all those police cars doing there? What happened? [/FONT]
    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif'] There was a robbery at the bank. [/FONT]

    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']4c [/FONT][FONT='Arial','sans-serif']What are all those police cars doing there? What has happened? [/FONT]
    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']There was a robbery at the bank.[/FONT]
    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif'] What­ [/FONT][FONT='Arial','sans-serif']happened[/FONT][FONT='Arial','sans-serif'] exactly? A man entered the bank and threatened the[/FONT]
    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif'] cashier with a [/FONT][FONT='Arial','sans-serif']gun. But a client managed to slip out of the bank and[/FONT]
    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif'] raised the alarm. The police [/FONT][FONT='Arial','sans-serif']came immediately.[/FONT]

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    Exclamation Re: are these sentences ok?

    Hi repley! You have perhaps typed the text in some other programme in your computer which is not compatible with the Forum thread. Consequently, after pasting in the Forum thread, the text has appeared with unwanted matters making thing difficult to indentfy the actual text.

    Your question is about appropriate use of present ferfect and past simple. This always create doubt perticularly in the beginning stage. The simple rule here is: Choosing whether to use the Present Perfect or Past Simple usually depends on whether a definite or indefinite time is used. If a definite past time is used, use the Past Simple, and if there is no time given use the Present Perfect

    1a. Haven’t you heard what Dad said? You must go to bed at once.
    But he has just gone out. Can't I watch some TV?

    1b. Didn’t you hear what Dad said? You must go to bed at once.
    But he has just gone out. Can't I watch some TV?

    1c. Haven’t you heard what Dad has said? You must go to bed at once.
    But he has just gone out. Can't I watch some TV? Repeatation

    1d. Didn’t you hear what Dad has said? You must go to bed at once.
    But he has just gone out. Can't I watch some TV?Repeatation

    2a. Have you seen the block of flats (they) built by them at the foot of the hill? They're outrageous!
    Yes, l saw them when I went to see my mother the other day.

    2b. Have you seen the block of flats they have built at the foot of the hill? They're outrageous! Repeatation

    3a. Paola hasn’t arrived yet. She said she was coming on the 4.30 train and it’s almost 5.30. She might have (has) missed the train. Or perhaps they have changed the timetable. Did you check with the information office?

    3b Paola hasn’t arrived yet. She has said she was coming on the 4.30 train and it’s almost 5.30. She might have (has) missed the train. Or perhaps they have changed the timetable. Have you checked with the information office?

    4a What are all those police cars doing there? What has happened?
    There has been a robbery at the bank. Repeatation

    4b What are all those police cars doing there? What happened?
    There was a robbery at the bank.
    What exactly happened? A man entered the bank and threatened the
    cashier with a gun. But a client managed to slip out of the bank and
    raised the alarm. The police came immediately.

    Here in all the sentences no definite past time is used. So you can use either of the tense forms

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