I´ve got a problem to understand how work present perfect/past simple in these two strucures. I will be really grateful for any kind of help.
I played in two finals this season.
I have played in two finals this season.
Here present perfect opens a possibility for more finals in the season. The season hasn´t finished yet. I may play in more finals.
However the opinion of native speakers differs when it comes to sentences with "every time". Some of them say that present perfect does have the same function here as in the two sentences above. Unfortunately there are a few of them who disagree with those natives and see it perfectly ok to use past simple + every time even though the season is still running and I still can play in more finals. I would personally use present perfect in this structure as well if I didn´t consider the season to be finished.
Every time this season I played in a final I won the trophy.
Every time this season I have played in a final I have won the trophy.
I wonder why present perfect doesn´t have the same function in both of these structures. I would not wonder if there were difference in American/British English but in this case all the help I was given comes from people using British English. Therefore it surprises me that one part of them says that:
If you want to emphasise that the activity is over and finished, you use the past. If you want to suggest that there is a continuity into the present, you use the present perfect.
On the other hand there are people saying otherwise:
The phrase "Every time in my life/career/season" is an expression of a specific past time (in fact of several specific times considered one by one), so the simple past is perfectly normal.
Thank you very much.