"I just woke up" or "I just wake up"

Markchoi1992

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hello,

i am just wondering if i talk about very very recent event, so should i use simple past tense or present tense

E.G, I just woke up.

or i just wake up.

or i can use both of them to express my condition?
 

Rover_KE

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Re: present tense or simple tense ?

Markchoi, please review the rules of written English you were given by Barb and GoesStation in this thread.
 

andrewg927

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hello,

i am just wondering if i talk about very very recent event, so should i use simple past tense or present tense

E.G, I just woke up.

or i just wake up.

or i can use both of them to express my condition?

Think about it this way: an event that happened even 1 second ago is no longer in the present. The present tense carries a different meaning. For example, I wake up at 8 every morning (this means it happens every day).
 
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