I have just heard a singer singing a song.

Can I say to a person:

I have really enjoyed the sing because the music was well sung / has been well sung

I do not know because the song sung is relevant to present because I have enjoyed it but this action is past. To me, I would use the past simple because it sounds better :)

And in return I could ask

Have you enjoyed too?"

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Yes, we normally use the past simple to comment on a performance that has just finished. However, we don't say I enjoyed the sing and it's unnecessary to specify that you are talking about the music.

A native speaker would probably say something like

I really enjoyed that! He/she sang it very well. Did you enjoy it too?

  • But the PP is not wrong?, in fact what I do not understand is the "enjoyed" is not really past because now you are happy, which could be the definition of the use of PP. But there is always exception like in any language.
    – Meedfried
    Jul 22, 2022 at 10:51
  • You may still be happy after a musical performance, but we speak of enjoying something while it is happening. You will hear people say "I've enjoyed our conversation/day out/holiday", but Google Ngrams found nothing for "I have enjoyed the concert". Jul 22, 2022 at 13:53
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    Yes - for example, you would say "I've enjoyed our conversation" when about to take leave of the new acquaintance with whom you have been talking. Jul 23, 2022 at 14:05
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    Yes, and on the way home from your day out you say "I've had a good time/enjoyed the day". Telling a friend about it next morning, you say "I enjoyed my trip to the seaside yesterday." Jul 24, 2022 at 14:16
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    Well, yes, I was thinking of it in that light. You're still 'out' until you get back home! Jul 25, 2022 at 15:45

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