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    he has liked in the past

    It enables him to recognize the product as one which he has liked or disliked in the past and so allows him to make an informed choice.

    Hi,
    Is this sentence correct? I’m not sure if I can use present perfect “has liked” with the phrase “in the past”. Thank you very much.


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    Re: he has liked in the past

    I think it is fine to use the present perfect in such a sentence.

    In the past
    suggests an unspecified point of (past) time - and that is what you are implying with the present perfect in this instance.

    You could not of course write:

    It enables him to recognize the product as one which he has liked or disliked yesterday and so allows....

    As yesterday is a specific time reference.

    I'm not a teacher.

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