When I want to say that something has just happened "very recently" I use present perfect because something has just happened and has a present relevance or because it has just happened only?

  • Would you mind posting at least two examples? Your thing either just happened or happened very recently but just happened very recently is much too much Sep 19, 2017 at 16:59

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Present perfect is used when an action started in the past and continues to the present.

We have eaten.

might have occurred an hour ago. However,

We have just eaten.

means not too long ago/very recently we ate.

Not to be confused with

We have eaten, just.

which might meaning you very recently finished eating or had a very small meal almost incomplete meal

We barely had something to eat.

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    I think this answer is wrong. "We have just eaten" does not continue to the present: on the contrary, it has completed just before the present. I would say it is indeed because it has present relevance, the particular relevance being that it is very recent so we are probably still feeling the immediate consequences of the eating.
    – Colin Fine
    May 9, 2017 at 0:10

You can use either the present perfect or the past simple with the adverb "just" to mean recently or a short time before speaking.

The use of the present perfect and the past simple is dominant in BrE and AmE respectively.

  • So, with just we often use present perfect because any thing has just happened will have a present relevance, is that right ?
    – Abc
    May 9, 2017 at 8:22
  • You usually use "just" in the present perfect in BrE to mean a very short time ago. American people tend to use it in the past simple.
    – Khan
    May 10, 2017 at 3:14

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