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never saw/have seen

I have recently read: I never saw this movie (instead of "I have never seen this movie") I believe that the Present Perfect is usually used with the adverb "never" because the event can still ...
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Current relevance: “She has broken her leg” vs. “She broke her leg yesterday”

I've been taught that the Present perfect tense is used when an action happened in the past and it is important now (or when it happened in the past and it is still ongoing). Though, look at these ...
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'I have been on vacation for two days' vs 'I was on vacation for two days'

I've been on vacation for two days. What does this sentence mean? I mean, it means that the action happened in the past and ended in the past but has no specific date. But it also means that I'm ...
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the present perfect tense with an incomplete period of time

I turned off the light before leaving this morning. If 'this morning' is not over yet, is 'have turned off' also OK? Because the present perfect tense is used to express actions happening in an ...
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“You've called the wrong number” or “You called the wrong number”

A while ago I wrote this sentence: Sorry to interrupt you, sir. But I think you called the wrong number. Something felt wrong so I Googled: I think you've called the wrong number. To my surprise, ...
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Present Perfect vs. Past Simple with unfinished time periods: this week

I ____ (read) six books this week. The correct answer is: I have read six books this week. Why are we using Present Perfect since we specify when we did the activity? Is it wrong to say (Past ...
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Present Perfect or Past SImple Paradox

We can say: I have done it today though the action itself coulp happen in the morning but we cover it with a longer peiod which hasn't ended yet. If it happened in the morning but now it's ...
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Last night I ____ (lost) my keys - can you help me look for them?

A) Last night I ____ (lost) my keys - I had to look for them. B) I ____ (lost) my keys - can you help me look for them? C) Last night I ____ (lost) my keys - can you help me look for them? I know ...
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When…+present perfect [closed]

Is Susan does not live here,When I first came here three years ago, she has moved to another city. Or Susan does not live here,When I first came here three years ago, she had moved to another ...
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Present perfect or Past tense? Which sentence is correct?

I'm confused. Which sentence is correct? "You have said you would buy a car if you got driver's licence" or "You said you would buy a car if you got driver's license" or "You have said you ...
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Different meanings in the use of “Past simple” and “Present perfect”

1) Show me the dress that you have made 2) It is very late, and trams have stopped running: we must find a taxi to get home. Can I use the past simple instead of present perfect and what the ...
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Why different tenses here?

Stumbled upon this phrase in a high profile game dialogue, which means it is supposed to be written professionally and not just a blunder: If this murder was intended to hurt me, it has succeeded. ...
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3 forms of Present-Perfect Tense? [duplicate]

So I am studying tenses and while going through Past-Perfect Tense I am stumped. My research shows that Past-Perfect can be used to show three kinds of timelines (don't know if this is the right word ...
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Why aren't all these verbs in the same tense?

We have decided to call it a day. We are thankful for everyone that has come to our shows, screamed at the top of their lungs, bought our music, wore our tee shirt and joined the spirit of the band ...
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Why is The Present Perfect form used in sentence with the past time marker? [closed]

Yesterday Google has released a new free course on developing Android apps with Kotlin. Check it out on Udacity: Here's a link on Twitter I'm confused with such using of Past Perfect, i.e. I ...
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had vs have difference? [closed]

What's the difference between : I have not sent this email. I had not sent this email. I usually get confused in had/have. And I might have used them incorrectly many times. Can someone ...
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Have ever had vs ever had

What's the right thing to say? "Best meal I have ever had" or "Best meal I ever had"
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(went vs. gone) deep enough

I wrote: I recognized issues that America's civilization has not went deep enough to them yet. One of the online grammar assistant tools suggests changing my sentence to "has not gone". Is my ...
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Past simple or present perfect for “I am aware of what I [did/have done]”?

Is the following correct: I am aware of what I did. Or, is it supposed to be: I am aware of what I've done. Can someone explain?
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Regarding present perfect appropriate use when spoken

If someone asks you Hey Indiver! Did you see Star Wars movie last week? Should I reply Yes, I saw the movie. It was quite interesting. Or Yes, I have seen the movie. It was quite ...
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The use of the Past Simple after the Present Perfect

Tell me please if I used the right tense in the following sentences. I have stumbled into the word that I cannot understand. I looked it up in a few dictionaries, but still have a hard time ...
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difference between “Have been” and “was”

can anyone please tell me the between "have been" and "was"? Suppose my friends calls me and I reply the following. Are they interchangeable in the following context? Hey, Paul I was/have been busy ...
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Present perfect or past simple when it is used with time adverb

I'm not a native speaker so to understand the difference between past simple and present perfect is giving me a headache sometimes. I have learned, that when it is used in a sentence a time adverb ...
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Did well or Have done well?

So I've been wondering which one sounds more natural if I want to compliment someone for something they have done? Do they have different meanings? Or perhaps they can be used interchangeably? ...
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past tense to report news in American English

I'd like to know whether the past tense can be used to report news in American English, as follows: I'm writing to inform you that your brother was promoted to sales manager. Is it necessary to use ...
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What have I said vs What did I say

"What did I say?" I come across this line generally. What is wrong with this line "What have I said?"
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Past tense or Present Perfect tense

Which tense would be appropriate for the below example, 20,000 dollars received as donation from January 2017 to till date 20,000 dollars has been received as donation from January 2017 to ...
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Should “The man has always needed religion and as profoundly as he has always needed food” use a simple tense instead?

Should this sentence's verbs indicate that the actions occurred in the past indirectly by using the compound present prefect construction: The man has always needed religion and as profoundly as he ...
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Usage of “have ever”

please correct my writing: Last week I visited a hotel named Taj near MumbaI. The surroundings of the hotel were very nice as well as its food. I tasted Biriyani there for the first time. That is/was ...
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Have I read the novel if I've forgotten the story?

Imagine the following scenario: I read a novel two years ago. Today I cannot remember the story of the novel any more, I've forgotten the story. Somebody asks me: Have you read the novel? ...
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“have met before” vs “met before” [closed]

I have a question about verb tense.
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“Have been waiting” vs “was waiting”

suppose my friend promises me that he will meet me at 1 p.m but he comes to me a few hours later. Can I say to him "Hey John, where were you? I was/have been ​waiting here for a long time?" "Was" or "...
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Present Perfect vs Past Simple double time marker

I need some explanation when to use present or past in such examples: In March this year he was seen or has been seen? This week 2 days ago he has done it or did it? 2 days ago this week he ...
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Differences between the questions: “he didn't tell you? / he hasn't told you?”

A= I'm so sorry Andy is moving away tomorrow. B= really? A= he didn't tell you /he hasn't told you? I have seen them both used in similar contexts but I was wondering is there a difference?
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I selected vs. I have selected

We got into a grammar discussion at the office. Given I have write-access to a page and I selected an option Given I have write-access to a page and I have selected an option Are both ...
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Haven't found or didn't find?

I was searching for something and I didn't find it. So I would say to my friend: I searched for it but I didn't find it. or I've searched but haven't found it. What is the difference ...
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Who (broke / has broken) the glass?

Suppose in a house there are two children. One day one of them broke a glass. Then their mother arrived in the house. If the mother wants to know who broke the glass, which question should she ask her ...
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Present perfect and past simple

I know that present perfect is used for talking about recent events "actions" that has a result in the present. So my question is what's meant by "recent events" is it actions the happened few hours ...
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I've recently read / I recently read

I've recently read that oxygen might be poisonous I recently read that oxygen might be poisonous It's a sentence I'd like to use in common conversation with a friend. Which one is correct ...
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Have forgotten or forgot?

I'm walking out of a bar and I'm putting my hand in my pocket, and I can't find my wallet. So it's better to say "I have forgotten my wallet" or "I forgot my wallet" ?
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“You haven't written any thing right” or “You didn't write…”?

If someone wrote something wrong and I want to tell him that all of what he wrote is wrong can I say: "You haven't even written any thing right" or should I use the past simple?
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Simple past and present perfect- “One hour has passed.” vs “One hour passed.”

If I'm downloading something and it should take 2 hours to be downloaded. So after one hour for example I would say, "One hour has passed." or "One hour passed." and why?
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Recent past “ something just happened ”

talking about recent past " some thing happened few seconds ago " is one of the uses of present perfect ? For example : I'm walking with my friend " Ooh, I have dropped my pen, can you help me to ...
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About recent actions

When choosing between past simple and present perfect does it matter how recently the action happened ? Or both of them can be used to talk about recent actions ?
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Present perfect vs past simple? [duplicate]

Friend : Let's go Me : My brother has taken my car, we have to wait until he come back. Or My brother took my car, we have to wait until he come back
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Took a subject vs Have taken a subject

If I am talking about my undergraduate studies, which of the following two is correct? I have taken calculus in my undergraduate studies. I took calculus in my undergraduate studies.
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Past Simple vs Present Perfect

She has blushed after he pointed at her She blushed after he pointed at her Do these sentences bear the same meaning? First: Does the first sentence mean that I can see the result right now? ...
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Which tense between past tense and present perfect is more proper here?

Here is a situation. Your phone rings and you answer the phone. And middle of the talk, you realize you don't have much time left. So you feel like needing to come down to the point. So you ask ...
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“Where were you yesterday?” vs. “Where have you been yesterday?”

Can anyone explain to me the difference between Where were you yesterday? and Where have you been yesterday? It seems to me that second question focuses more on the result of the previous day ...
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Have have been had had been

How should I say I found a shirt in a drawer and i remembered I put it away three years ago but I'm gonna use it from now on. The shirt has slept in a drawer for three years. The shirt has been ...