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Past simple / Present perfect (simple / continuous)
Past simple and Present perfect
The past simple is used to talk about completed actions at a particular point in the past, often with dates or times and words like yesterday, last and ago:
The Present perfect is used to talk about
a) recent actions or events when no fixed time is given (e.g. news reports) often with words like just, recently and lately:
b) actions which have a result in the present:
c) actions in a period of time which is not yet finished, and experiences in someone's life so far, often with yet, so far, ever, for and since
The present perfect continuous is used to talk about actions which started in the past and are still happening, or which have recently stopped but have a result in the present:
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