I have found the following sentence in Michael Swan's grammar book.
From his earliest childhood, he loved music.
So far as I know, present perfect is used to talk about actions that have just completed (such as "He has just/already come") or if the action is still continuing and which began in the past ("He has lived in the house for the last five years.")
On the other hand, the simple past is used to talk about completed actions in the past, such as "He saw the film yesterday," or "Columbus discovered America".
- Why did the author use the simple past instead of present tense? Is it a grammatical rule, or usage?
If I change the sentence into present perfect and present perfect continuous,will they be grammatically wrong and unidiomatic?
From his childhood, he has loved music
from his earliest childhood, he has been loving music