Which Sentence Should I Use when I pass the exam ? I mean at the time of announcing the result.

a) I cleared the Exam. (Past Tense)

It refer to past event of passing exam. I mean result were declared first and then I am announcing to my family.

b) I clear the Exam ( Present Tense )

It refer to current status of passing exam.

c ) I have cleared the Exam ( present perfect )

I think this is correct sentence to be used because it is referring to past event having impact in present .


You could use simple past or past perfect, either works. There's no particular reason to prefer one over the other. This is often the case in English.

However, the verb "clear" wouldn't be usual here, at least in British English.

  • What is the present tense in this case ? – user4084 Mar 17 '19 at 9:35
  • Um, it's labelled in your question. – SamBC Mar 17 '19 at 9:45

If passing the exam has just happened and you are really excited about it, use the present perfect, because it has an effect in the present.

As soon as you mention when you passed, for example: yesterday, last week, this morning, use the past simple.

  • What is the present tense in this case ? – user4084 Mar 17 '19 at 9:34

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