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Simple past or present perfect?



scoutteach
Portugal

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

13 Dec 2015      



zoemorosini
United States

In my opinion, these are your options:
 
1.  "I didn īt sleep at all this week."  = It īs 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 īt slept this week." = It īs 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 īs office and she is asking you about your sleep patterns, you can say "This past week I didn īt sleep."  This may mean that you still aren īt sleeping well or at all, but it īs a particular set time that you are mentioning.  However, as a native speaker, I wouldn īt 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