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Present Perfect Simple - Is this an exception ?

 
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justjust



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:56 am    Post subject: Present Perfect Simple - Is this an exception ? Reply with quote

Hello everybody Smile

Hope you don't mind but I thought I'd post this here as well so that perhaps I finally get an answer to a question asked to many already !

If the present perfect simple is used to emphasise the present result of a past event then why is it correct to say

'Sorry I am late. I missed the bus' and not 'Sorry I am late. I have missed the bus'

Further examples which conform to this rule ..

I can't get in the house. I've lost my keys.
He can now rest because he has finished his work.
My uncle is in hospital because he has had a car accident.
My watch has stopped so I don't know what time it is.

So is the first example simply an exception ?!

Thank you and have a lovely day Wink
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fluffyhamster



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(More, or rather less lol) duplicate post answered here:
http://forums.eslcafe.com/teacher/viewtopic.php?t=11165
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