After the completion of my lecture, can I say the sentence below?

a) I hope you learned something today from my speech.

or should I say,

b) I hope you have learned something today from my speech.


Yes, both of those are acceptable and idiomatic. In this case, they are essentially equivalent in meaning.

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  • But Generally we use Verb + ed to refer past tense. so how my first example can be used to tell current status?. – user4084 Mar 29 '19 at 12:36
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    Lots of past tense statements say something about present status. Once you learn something, that is a (theoretically) permanent change. Lots of the time, English doesn't have much difference of meaning between past and perfect. – SamBC Mar 29 '19 at 12:51
  • Is learned is past participal rathar than past tense here ? – user4084 Mar 30 '19 at 3:08
  • In A it's the simple past, in B it's the participle. – SamBC Mar 30 '19 at 9:31

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