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comment Past simple Vs Present Perfect (obviously)
@PeterShor ~ it is the way this native speaker speaks, and presumably the one who wrote the OP's text. Still, given the wide social and geographic range covered by native speaker, I don't think 'what a native speaker says' is a reliable test of accuracy. I know plenty of native speakers who can't use a possessive apostrophe properly...
Aug
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comment Past simple Vs Present Perfect (obviously)
@PeterShor: given that the difference between simple past and present perfect (or perfectives generally) is that in the perfective the point of the event and the point of reference are separate, but in the simple past they coincide (Reichenbach), it follows that the simple past works only for an event that finished in the past so it would indeed need something very final to make sure our individual never sets foot in Crete again. If he is merely undecided and the door is still open to returning to Crete, the point of reference again precedes the point of the event - the present perfect.
Aug
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comment Using appropriate word in a sentence!
Could you explain why you think it is not appropriate?
Aug
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comment Past simple Vs Present Perfect (obviously)
Present perfect is correct because he has not finished returning to Crete. He may do it again. Using "I returned" would be correct if the guy was dead, or would never return for some other reason, making returning to Crete a thing of the past rather than being 'past until now and maybe the in the future'.
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reviewed Approve What is “a canary in a coal mine”?
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comment “Ventilated” brakes or “vented” brakes?
[Continued] Narrowing that to US English shows a similar picture - ventilated disc is the norm (books.google.com/ngrams/…), while the British don't really talk about them anymore (books.google.com/ngrams/…)
Jun
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comment “Ventilated” brakes or “vented” brakes?
You are correct that to ventilate is to provide a flow of air, while to vent is specifically letting something inside get outside, presumably because we don't want it, but I am not sure how you get from that to 'vented disc' being more accurate. In terms of appropriacy, a quick play with Ngram shows 'ventilated disc' being more common and hence appropriate (books.google.com/ngrams/…)
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reviewed Approve Meaning of “I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of me.”
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reviewed Approve “was-was” or “was-is”
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reviewed Approve Usage of “least of all”
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reviewed Reject Does this make sense with the use of 'breakthrough'?
May
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reviewed Approve Is it correct to say “see me please”?
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reviewed Approve I'm looking for a word opposite to dying
May
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reviewed Reject What term means “place where we can learn and share knowledge"
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reviewed Approve Why “hoping against hope”?
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reviewed Reject Is this sentence correct? “I let you know…”
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reviewed Approve Synonyms for 'right in the'
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answered Correct modal verb
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comment Is there a word or an idiom for people who only spend their families' money and fool around?
Wouldn't that be a 'playboy'?