A student has written:
Still, I have already been aware of most of the information even before watching the video.
It doesn't feel right and I would normally use a past simple here. I'm on my two hundredth script and losing my ability to reason, or to adequately explain to myself why it should be past simple (I think it's 'before' as this puts the time as completed, so he can't use the present perfect notion of unfinished time). What I need to know is:
- Should it be simple past of present perfect here, or doesn't it matter?
- Why/why not?
All help gratefully received.