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Past or Present Perfect


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Tdol

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:lol:
 

Tdol

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You've changed the punctuation.:lol:
 

MikeNewYork

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tdol said:

Is that the existential past perfect? :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
 

Tdol

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Only in a diontapedal sense. :lol:
 
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Indeed, if you use "present perfect", you simply mean that the effect of the verb is still going on. But "simple past" signifies an accomplished event, does not it?
 

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s_e_guner said:
Indeed, if you use "present perfect", you simply mean that the effect of the verb is still going on. But "simple past" signifies an accomplished event, does not it?

Welcome! :D

Yes, that's true, but the present perfect doesn't necessarily mean, 'still on going'. It's more like the event continues up until now, the present moment, then ends or continues on. Consider,

EX: He died. (He is dead)
EX: He has died. (He is dead)

All the best, :D
 

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I saw her yesterday :-D
 

banderas

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That wasn't too tricky, was it?
 

Omar!

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The correct answer should be,

I saw her yesterday.


right?
 

dinamohammed

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Still confused , i think it's the simple past one
pls clarify more
thnx in advance
 

binmosa

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:) This is very easy poll .. Mr.Tdol :)

the answer is (I saw her yesterday. )

because only in the simple past we show the time like ( yesterday , today , at 5 ...etc ).
 

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i saw her yesterday

if you use i have seen, you mean you saw it in the past and you're still able to see it at the moment.
if it was yesterday it's finished
 
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