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Hello,

I have lost my phone or I lost my phone - which is correct?
 

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And, of course, so is "I lost my phone."
 
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I don't agree with you. It is an event in the past that has a result in the present. Also, there is no time expression.

I have lost my phone, I'm 100% sure.
 

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I don't agree with you. It is an event in the past that has a result in the present. Also, there is no time expression.

I have lost my phone, I'm 100% sure.

I agree with you about the lack of time expression with the other choice.

I have lost my phone - you are simply stating a fact.

I lost my phone - I would expect this to be followed by either a time or location expression:

I lost my phone yesterday.
I lost my phone on the bus.
I lost my phone while I was walking the dog.
 

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I lost my phone. - is not wrong
Simple past tense may or may not have a time expression.
 

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I lost my phone. - is not wrong
Simple past tense may or may not have a time expression.

That's true, and I should have added that "I lost my phone" is not an incorrect sentence. For example:

Q - What happened to you yesterday?
A - I lost my phone. Then I had to go to the police station to report it. It was a terrible day.

Though as you can see, the time expression in that example comes in the question!
 

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I'm always a little reluctant to say "100%" about anything. I guess it's my conservative nature. So, my answer would be, "it depends". I agree that for past tense, generally you need a time reference, but context or popular usage can sometimes be a mitigating factor. For example, in this scenario, Fighting Spirit lost her phone on the bus and she calls Corum (on a public phone) and says, "I need your help. I lost my cell phone on the bus and I need a ride to the bus depot to see if anyone turned it in."

Context, context, context!
 

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