grammar rules for "before" vs "in the past"

ansonguy

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Both "before" and "in the past" refer to an event or action which happened in a past time. However, the tenses for them are different. I am going to make up two similar sentences below.

(1) I have played this game before.

(2) I played this game in the past.


Do the rules go like this: present perfect for "before" and simple past for "in the past"? Thanks.
 

Rover_KE

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There is no rule about it. Both can be used in the right context.
 
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