[Grammar] Past Simple Vs. Present Perfect

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saloom2

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Hello everyone,

I played tennis.
I have played tennis.

No time expression, so it's PS or PP?
 

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It's impossible to say without more context. Both could occur without a time phrase- the wider context would give the answer. Thinking about decontextualised sentences will not lead to any great understanding- all real language occurs in a context. Time is one key to distinguishing these verb forms, so removing the time does nothing except make things unclear.
 

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Just because there is no time expression in the sentence containing the information, doesn't mean there isn't some kind of time frame somewhere.

What did you do yesterday?
I played tennis.

What did you do last Wednesday?
I played tennis.

What have you done this week?
I have played tennis.
 
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