I know that AmE speakers tend to use the simple past in situations in which we should use the present perfect. I would like to ask if in the US, natives would use simple past in this context:

A husband is looking for his wife. He meets the daughter and asks

The father: Where is your mum?

The daughter:___________________. I think she'll be home soon.

(1) She went out to the supermarket.

(2) She has gone out to the supermarket.

I think that both are good in the US, but I am not sure.

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    I (an American) would only use the simple past in this sentence. I don't know if BrE speakers would disagree.
    – alphabet
    May 8, 2023 at 22:48


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