I have really been struggling with past simple and present perfect exercises today.
what I know is mostly:
- simple past is used for finished actions made in the past and not related to the present and actions which took place long time ago (ex. last year).
- Present perfect can be referred to past actions, but also recent actions and/or both relating in some way to the present.
Let's take as example the phrase:
I didn't read the book but I.... (see) the film when it ....(come) out in 1995.
I would say "have seen the film" but it kind conflicts with the date 1995.
Also how do you choose the right tense when saying
I don't know which films she ... (make)"
it could be 'made' because it happened in the past and the action is already finished but it could be also 'has made' in my opinion because it is an experience of life. this is mostly what gets me confused.