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If someone said: I wore a dress. Could the person still be wearing the dress?

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  • What do you think? Why or why not? What is your understanding here? What is the broader context? Why would this be decidable?
    – tchrist
    Oct 21, 2022 at 23:11
  • I think if someone said it using simple past then the wearing is finished and the person no longer wears the dress?
    – Jasper
    Oct 21, 2022 at 23:12
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    – tchrist
    Oct 21, 2022 at 23:12
  • @Jasper You're close. The simple past is finished, and has nothing to do with the present, so that person might be wearing a dress or might not. So yes, the person could still be wearing a dress. Why not?
    – gotube
    Oct 22, 2022 at 5:15

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If one says:

I wore a dress.

That implies that the wearing took place in the past. But it in no way implies that a similar event is not also in the present.

For example:

I wore a dress last Tuesday. I am wearing it again today.

Or perhaps:

I wore a dress last Tuesday, snd I am still wearing it.

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  • you have a couple of minor typos in there. I tried to fix, but can't fix if it is less than six chars.
    – Fraser Orr
    Oct 21, 2022 at 23:37
  • @Fraser Orr Thank you. Fixed now, I believe. Oct 21, 2022 at 23:49
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'I wore a dress' does not imply that I am still wearing it.

I wore a dress- simple past tense (action/wearing is finished)

The simple past is used for a complete action in the past. The simple past does not talk about the present.

I wore a dress (three years ago). It does not imply that I am still wearing it. (I must have taken it off)

'I was wearing a dress (past continuous/progressive)' means that I did not take it off.

I am wearing a dress (present continuous/progressive) denotes that I am still wearing it.

We can say, 'I wore a dress this morning/yesterday and I am still wearing it'.

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