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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > present perfect or past tense?    

present perfect or past tense?



nemomen
Romania

present perfect or past tense?
 
Please help me decide whether I should use present perfect or past tense:

"I haven īt seen/didn īt see him today but the others have gone/went to the cinema, perhaps he has gone/went with them"

What do you think? Please help. Hugs

3 May 2012      



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I would go for the present perfect. If you were talking about yesterday, you would use past simple. 

3 May 2012     



nemomen
Romania

Thank you, it makes perfect sense

3 May 2012     



rafed1988
Syria

it known that when you are talking about a definite time in the past we should use the past simple, while if we are talikng about an indefinite time in the past we use the present perfect:

I broke my leg last year. (past simple)
I have broken my leg. (perfect)

3 May 2012     



yanogator
United States

I īll add a little to cunliffe īs excellent answer. If it is the end of the day, you might use the simple past, because you īre just reporting the activity of the past. However, the most reasonable situation is that someone is looking for him, now, so the present perfect is the best choice.
 
Bruce

3 May 2012