PRESENT PERFECT AND PAST SIMPLE
Could anybody explain to me when whe use the present perfet and when we use the past simple? I don't find it easy at all! Do you?
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2 Nov. 2006
They are not dummies and neither are you but the tenses they and you use are not admitted "at school" or "at university" (which is why they don't appear in grammar books) although they are used by the Americans and by some people in Britain.I think it's better to stick to "strict rules" when you are are a beginner or pre-intermediate student,otherwise it is very confusing. Of course a fluent speaker like you can make sentences as the ones you mentioned above, especially in spoken English!
English is far more flexible than French but I am pretty sure that the member of the forum who asked the question is likely to be puzzled by your answer even if it is good to know that the sentences you wrote can be heard.Then, you might reply: if they are heard why can't they be taught? Well, a bit too long to explain on this forum...