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    Why can't we use past simple instead of present perfect?

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    1. ‘We can make friends over the internet with people we would otherwise never have met.’

    Why must we use present perfect and not past simple? Instead, why not:

    ‘We can make friends over the internet with people we would otherwise never met.’


    Thank you

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    Re: Why can't we use past simple instead of present perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by newtothis View Post
    Hello

    1. ‘We can make friends over the internet with people we would otherwise never have met.’

    Why must we use present perfect and not past simple? Instead, why not:

    We can make friends over the internet with people we would otherwise never met.’


    Thank you
    Verb to meet;

    I meet
    you meet
    he/she meets
    we meet
    they meet

    Thus, in your sentence, "We ..........................................meet."


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    Re: Why can't we use past simple instead of present perfect?

    ‘We can make friends over the internet with people we would otherwise never met.’

    Why would you want to use the past simple? You start the sentence using the present tense verb make. The whole sentence is just speaking generally and we use the present tense to do that.

    If you specifically want to refer to a time in the past you would use past tense verbs.

    ‘We made friends over the internet with people we would otherwise never have met.’


    I am not a teacher.

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