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Simple past or present perfect?



scoutteach
Portugal

Simple past or present perfect?
 
Can we say "This week I didn t sleep"? Should we say "This past week I didn t sleep." or "This week I haven t slept." 

13 Dec 2015      



zoemorosini
United States

In my opinion, these are your options:
 
1.  "I didn t sleep at all this week."  = It s the end of the week (for example, Friday afternoon) when you say this.  There is no remaining time in the week for you to catch up on your sleep.
 
2.  "I haven t slept this week." = It s the middle or near the end of the week (say, Thursday), but the week has not ended, so you could, in fact, still get some sleep before it ends.
 
3.  If you are at the doctor s office and she is asking you about your sleep patterns, you can say "This past week I didn t sleep."  This may mean that you still aren t sleeping well or at all, but it s a particular set time that you are mentioning.  However, as a native speaker, I wouldn t normally mention this in a casual conversation about sleep.  
 
Hope this helps.
 
Have a good evening.
 
Zoe Morosini 

13 Dec 2015     



scoutteach
Portugal

Thank you very much for your comment. It has been helpful.

13 Dec 2015