I was going to ask a question on Stack Overflow, and start it like so:

One of these days I've run into an issue, where...

But then I thought, is this really okay to use Present Perfect with "one of these days"?


You're correct to think that this would sound odd; as a colloquial expression, the phrase "one of these days" means "at some time in the future." (Of course, there are circumstances in which the words "one of these days" can be used to mean something else, but it's clear that that isn't what you are asking about.)

I wonder if perhaps what you want to say is "I've recently run into an issue…"

Edit: As @TypeIA mentions in a comment, "in the last few days" or "in the past few days" would work, too – assuming the event to which you're referring is in fact that recent.

  • That's strange, I was sure it's commonly used to talk about the past, like "one of the past few days." But you seem to be right :) And yes, I basically meant "recently." Can you perhaps think of any other way to put it into words? Can I use "one of the past few days" here? But if so, I've probably got to use the past tense since the days have already passed. – x-yuri Jun 26 '19 at 21:03
  • You may be looking for "in the last (or past) few days, I've run into an issue..." – TypeIA Jun 26 '19 at 21:12
  • @TypeIA, thanks – I've added that to my answer. X-yuri, you can still use the present perfect if the "issue" you're referring to is still causing you trouble in the present. If it has been resolved, "a few days ago" and the simple past tense would be more natural: "A few days ago I ran into an issue." (And if it has been resolved, simple past works better with "recently," too: "Recently I ran into an issue…") – Nanigashi Jun 26 '19 at 21:27
  • +1; my comment was directed at x-yuri, just to clarify. I forgot to @tag. – TypeIA Jun 26 '19 at 22:01
  • It should be One day I ran into an issue where . . . or One of these days I will run into an issue where . . . There is insufficient context in the question to determine the desired tense. – Jason Bassford Jun 28 '19 at 23:33

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