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I'm having argument with a colleague of mine over which statement is more correct. I figured the English language gurus of StackExchange would be able to set us straight.

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We need more context; they both can be correct. –  Peter Shor Aug 16 '12 at 17:30
Context please. Without context both are grammatical, and this is no different than asking whether "What I learned" is more proper than "Where I will have been learning". –  RegDwigнt Aug 16 '12 at 17:31
It's being used as a title of a PowerPoint slide. –  CeeSharp Aug 16 '12 at 17:35
And what's the context of the slide? –  Matt Эллен Aug 16 '12 at 18:07
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Neither statement is incorrect.

To determine which is "more correct" is really a matter of what context you're using the statement in.

When considering "What I've learned" I find it helpful to take out the contraction and think of it as "What I have learned"

So for example you might prefer to say "What I have learned over these past few days..." than "What I learned over these past few days."

As another example you might also prefer to use "What I Learned Today" as a title over "What I've Learned Today."

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It depends on context. Either can be grammatically correct. If the powerpoint presentation is a summary of your first year at your current job, "What I've learned" might be more appropriated. If you are recounting a conference you went to two months ago, "What I Learned" could be the better choice.

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Both are correct. My gut instinct is that "what I learned" sounds more like you're referring to a specific (shortish) period of time, eg.:

What I learned today was that I like asparagus.
What I learned during the 2 week course was invaluable.

... whereas "what I've learned" is more general, or at least refers to a longer time period, eg.:

What I've learned in life is to avoid poisonous snakes.
What I've learned at college is that kids don't like to learn.

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