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    • Join Date: Oct 2008
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    I am puzzed--can you help me?

    I am puzzled by the present perfect tense. Here are two sentences,
    A. I have read the book you lent me, but I haven't finished yet;
    B. I have read the book you lent me, so you can have it back now.
    Which of the two is correct, please?


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    Re: I am puzzed--can you help me?

    Quote Originally Posted by ivyh View Post
    i am puzzled by the present perfect tense. Here are two sentences,
    a. I have read the book you lent me, but i haven't finished yet; the sentence contains a contradiction. The first part says you have completed the reading; the second half says you have not completed the reading.
    b. I have read the book you lent me, so you can have it back now. correct. You have completed one action and another is following.
    which of the two is correct, please?
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