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    a short question with examples

    Howdy!

    I'm wondering what the difference between the Past Simple and the Present Perfect is in case of the following sentences. Is any of them WRONG, and if both pairs are correct, then which option is preferable? Could you tell me why???

    1. I almost didn't regognize you because of the glasses.
    2. I almost haven't recognized you because of the glasses.

    3. I'm sorry it took me so long to write back to your email.
    4. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to write back to your email.

    Thanks!

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    Re: a short question with examples

    Quote Originally Posted by forum_mail View Post
    Howdy!

    I'm wondering what the difference between the past simple and the present perfect is in case of the following sentences. Are any of them WRONG, and if both pairs are correct, then which option is preferable? Could you tell me why?

    1. I almost didn't recognize you because of the glasses. Right.
    2. I almost haven't recognized you because of the glasses. This makes no sense. It means you're now in the process of almost not recognizing her. It can't be done! "I almost haven't" can be used in a few cases, but not here.

    3. I'm sorry it took me so long to answer your email. It's fine. It means: You wrote back in the past, you're not writing now, you're done.
    4. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to answer your email.It's fine. It means: You're writing back now.

    Thanks!
    You're welcome!


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    Re: a short question with examples

    thank you for such a quick reply and clear(cut) explanations! wow!

    just one more thing, OK two things ;)

    1. Why can't I say write back?
    2. Did I/Have I use/ed clear cut appropriately? Cause I'm never sure, for me clear and clear-cut R the same, but probably they aren't...

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    Quote Originally Posted by forum_mail View Post
    thank you for such a quick reply and clear(cut) explanations! wow!

    just one more thing, OK two things ;)

    1. Why can't I say write back?
    You write back to a letter, not an e-mail.


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    Re: a short question with examples

    how come? isn't an email a letter too?


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    Re: a short question with examples

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You're welcome!
    Perfect

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