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I was wondering when should I use "have always overcame" and "overcame." What is the difference between the two?

Which one of the following two is correct:

Hard work overcame the difficulties, and the business expanded.

Hard work have always overcame the difficulties, and the business expanded.

The context is in an autobiography discussing how the author has become one of the most successful men.

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  • Please tell us what tense you think this is? Why would you change the tense? – Lambie Feb 22 at 21:30
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Correct usage (depending on situation): "I have [always] overcome" the difficulties. "I overcame" the difficulties.

The first one says that something proved itself over various situations to be true. The second is just a statement about something that happened in one particular instance.

  • does it mean a generalization of multiple similar events which happened in the past ?? However, What is difference between I have always overcome difficulties and I always overcome difficulties?? Thanks. – CCC Feb 25 at 3:05

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