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Past Tense (have + verb) or only verb ?

Hi friends,
On past tense, when we use : (have + verb)
or only (verb in the past).
ex: i have learn it // i learnt it

I hope it's clear enough.

Best Answers


  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    I think i found answer:
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    > @Lynne said:
    > I learnt a lot when I was at school. (That time is long past.)
    > I have learnt recently that I can't do everything. (More a lesson in life.) :dizzy:
    > Now you try. :)

    Thank you Lynne to answer me.
    So if i understood, we use simple past to long past with action complete AND (have+verbe) when the action is recently and still incomplete?
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    edited November 2015
    hmmmm okay i hope these examples are true:
    -I met my favorite writer on my school secondary.
    -I have visited Germany once time.


    I met my favorite writer whilst at secondary school.
    I have visited Germany once.

    !Note - The tenses were fine, just a bit of refinement needed.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • joncunhajoncunha Posts: 208 ✭✭✭
    Great explanation. Thanks.
  • faiz49faiz49 Posts: 141 ✭✭
    @joncunha i think we have understood the lesson. Let's we make an example in order to any other more understand :)
  • julianobastosjulianobastos Posts: 15 ✭✭
    is this sentence correct? "I have been there in america"
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 8,823 mod

    You would say, "I have been to America."


    Q: Have you been to America?
    A: Yes, I've been there twice.
  • AnuradaAnurada Posts: 207 ✭✭✭
    Did you arrive home safely? or Have you arrived home safely? which one is correct
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 8,823 mod
    @Anurada - It depends.
  • AnuradaAnurada Posts: 207 ✭✭✭
    edited June 2016
    @lynne if both are correct then what time I will use these sentences.
  • mdshamsadmdshamsad Posts: 83 ✭✭
    edited March 19
    I lost my keys yesterday.

    I have lost my keys.

    I joined learn English forum last week.

    I have joined learn English forum this week.


    Your first example is fine, but "joining" something is a one off action: this week or last week, it's in the past and you can't do it again. So...

    I joined the Learn English forum last week.

    I joined the Learn English forum this week.

    I have joined the Learn English forum.
    Post edited by Lynne on
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