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Distinguishing between when to use Present Perfect or simple past

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I need a little help from our verbal experts as to where to use simple past or present perfect.
Precisely, when it comes to usage in our day to day conversations, we often see that these are interchangable.
Consider the following example

George ate all his dinner

George has eaten all his dinner

Both sentences look grammatically correct.

Can anyone help me with the concept?
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Prithwish093 wrote:
I need a little help from our verbal experts as to where to use simple past or present perfect.
Precisely, when it comes to usage in our day to day conversations, we often see that these are interchangable.
Consider the following example

George ate all his dinner

George has eaten all his dinner

Both sentences look grammatically correct.

Can anyone help me with the concept?


Simple past is used for events that started in the past and ended in the past. Present perfect is used for events that started in the past but either it continues to the present or it still affects the present. George has eaten all his dinner. means that the fact that he has already eaten dinner continues to have its effect in the present. For example, if you intend to say that Goerge is not hungry now because he ate dinner, you might use present perfect. tense.
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Prithwish093 wrote:
I need a little help from our verbal experts as to where to use simple past or present perfect.
Precisely, when it comes to usage in our day to day conversations, we often see that these are interchangable.
Consider the following example

George ate all his dinner

George has eaten all his dinner

Both sentences look grammatically correct.

Can anyone help me with the concept?


each of the sentences is correct on its own or each sentence conveys a logical idea. Basically I can any use a verb tense based on the situation.
GMAT also tests whether one can understand the situation and pick a sentence with a verb tense that conveys the logical meaning.
In sentences testing verb tense, it is important to understand the meaning conveyed by a sentence. Grammar will not be an issue in most of these sentences.
A logical meaning will lead to correct answer.
another thing to note is in such sentences there usually is another verb present that conveys a separate idea, looking at both ideas we'll have to decide which verb tense makes most sense.
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New post 24 May 2020, 19:57
Same thread was published around 2 years back.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/sc-regarding ... l#p2074218
Also you can can refer to Manhattan's SC guide. They have given great examples of where to use simple past and where to use past perfect.
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