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What tense should I use in these situations?

  • In March this year, I was seen near his house.
  • In March this year, I have been seen near his house.

Should I use the past simple or the past perfect?

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It is not idiomatic to use the perfect with expressions of time, unless they denote a period which extends up to the present.

So

This year I was seen/have been seen near his house.

or

Since March of this year I was seen/have been seen near his house.

but only

In March of this year I was seen near his house.

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