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    Past Simple/Present Perfect

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    Past Simple/Present Perfect
    Message from ahmed28 posted on 07-09-2017 at 14:06:31 (D | E | F)
    Hi there!
    I've a question. In a sentence like "I cooked all yesterday afternoon", could we use the present perfect progressive by saying,
    "I've been cooking all yesterday afternoon"?
    Would you please justify your answer and provide me with some examples.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Edited by lucile83 on 07-09-2017 15:01


    Re: Past Simple/Present Perfect from lucile83, posted on 07-09-2017 at 15:10:09 (D | E)
    Hello,
    When you use the word Yesterday, or other words referring to the past,you have to use the past simple. Therefore you can't use the present perfect simple or continuous.
    She cooked vegetables last week.
    They went to the restaurant a week ago.
    She met him last summer.



    Re: Past Simple/Present Perfect from hope12, posted on 07-09-2017 at 15:51:11 (D | E)
    Hello
    The present perfect continuous is used when an action started in the past and is still happening or its results are in the present.
    Eg1 : I have been studying English since 2012.( I started in the past and I haven't finished ,I'm still studying )
    Eg2 : It has been raining all the night. (Maybe the soil is wet)
    But we must use the past simple with "yesterday" which refers to a past and finished period.

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    Edited by lucile83 on 07-09-2017 15:55



    Re: Past Simple/Present Perfect from here4u, posted on 07-09-2017 at 17:51:13 (D | E)
    Hello !
    Present perfect continuous insists on the duration of the action. (He's been working for days on that project)
    In the example given: "It has been raining all the night."= all night / all night long.




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