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manou.glamour

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Basicly my problem is when I'm speaking I cannot differentiate between using the simple past or the present perfect,I find myself confused :roll:.
 

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Basicly my problem is when I'm speaking I cannot differentiate between using the simple past or the present perfect,I find myself confused :roll:.

===Not a teacher===

Simple past: Action happened in the past, which doesn't happen anymore.

Present perfect: Action started in the past and still holds good.

Simple past: John broke the glass. (John might have broken the glass yesterday, which is replaced now) (The object does not hold good any more)

Present perfect: John has broken the glass. (John broke the glass yesterday and it still remains broken) (i.e, not replaced yet with a new one) (Here the action still holds good)

PS. This is the best explanation I was able to come up with.

Any explanation on this by a teacher would be very helpful.
 
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