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      • Hong Kong
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    • Join Date: Sep 2005
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    What does it mean?

    Please tell me the difference between the two in meaning a and b:

    1a) She caught the bus.
    1b) She has caught the bus.

    2a) I saw my sister writing his letter.
    2b) I saw my sister write his letter.

    3a) She’ll be visiting Canada in November.
    3b) She’ll visit Canada in November.

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      • Native Language:
      • British English
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      • UK
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      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
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    Re: What does it mean?

    1 The second has some connection to now; she might be missing or late, etc.
    2 In the first you saw part of her letterwriting, but in the second you were probably there for the whole time.
    3 The first can be used to introduce something that is not necessarily part of her plans for Canda; 'She'll be visiting Canada in November, so she will be there on my sister's birthday.'


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