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    It must have happened a long time ago.

    --- Is it OK to use the present perfect and AGO in such a sentence?

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    Re: ago

    Quote Originally Posted by guest2008 View Post
    hi

    it must have happened a long time ago.

    --- is it ok to use the present perfect and ago in such a sentence? yes it is. Why do you think it might not be ok?

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    Re: ago

    Because I thought it's not quite OK to use the present perfect and AGO in the same sentence.

    I've seen her a long time ago OR I saw her a long time ago.

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    Re: ago

    You're right. "I have seen her a long time ago" is not correct.

    The phrase "It must have happened" is about the only use I can think of where you can use this form. Might have, should have, could have -- all subjunctive mood type phrases. Unless you are using this kind of expression, you must use past perfect.

    I knew her a long time ago or I wish I had known her a long time ago.

    But not
    I have known her a long time ago. No, no, no. no.

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