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Does the following sentence have a different meanings?

I have a lot of tasks this week.

I had a lot of tasks this week.

I have had a lot of task this week.

  • You forgot "had had". – Hot Licks Apr 25 '16 at 1:47
  • (And it should be "tasks" in the third sentence.) – Hot Licks Apr 25 '16 at 1:48
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The first is simple present. It expresses a condition that currently exists--tasks await you.

The second is simple past. It expresses a condition that began and ended at a specific time in the past--your tasks are done.

The third sentence is the present perfect. It is used to express an action that took place (or a state that existed) at an indefinite time in the past and that still informs the present. It does not mean that you still have a lot of tasks to do--it means that the tasks that you did do are still affecting you, as in

A: You look tired.

B: I have had a lot of tasks to do this week.

  • Don't you think that this may have been answered before (unless it was closed as being too basic for ELU)? – Edwin Ashworth Apr 24 '16 at 23:48
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Yes. The first one means that you currently have a lot of tasks. The second one means that you used to have a lot but you completed them. The last one means you have not only had a lot so far this week but that you still have a lot.

The first one is currently have. The second one is used to have. The last one is used to have and still have.

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