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    why present perfect?

    Hay, I have encountered the following sentence:

    "If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much."

    Could you please explain why presnt parfect is used in the second sentence (and not past simple?)


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    Re: why present perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hay, I have encountered the following sentence:

    "If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much."

    Could you please explain why presnt parfect is used in the second sentence (and not past simple?)
    The Present Perfect is used to indicate a past action with the result in the present. That is, someone has already given a thought to something ikn the past, as a result they have some plans for you now. You could also use Past Simple if you tend to American English.

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