I finished my essay yesterday but I (?) it in to the tutor yet.

A.I've given

B.I hadn't given

C.I didn't give

Which is correct?

My dear tutor said the answer had to be B. But I find no correct answer in this question, and I would rather write this sentence as " I finished my essay yesterday. But I haven't given it to the tutor yet."

If I say "I finished my essay yesterday but I hadn't given it in to the tutor yet", have I given the essay in to the tutor?

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    You are absolutely right. Somebody copied the question incorrectly. And I hope that linked website got some of the questions wrong as well ... they have a typo of train for trend. – Peter Shor May 25 '16 at 10:41
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    I just typed the question into Google. – Peter Shor May 25 '16 at 11:00
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    One of the choices is mistranscribed (B. I hadn't given should be I haven't given) and it is general reference homework question. – user140086 Jul 11 '16 at 12:26
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    There is a second difficulty with the question, this one involving both the version given here and the version that appears on the site that Peter Shor links to: At least in the form of U.S. English that I use, the expression would not be "...given it in to the tutor yet" but instead either "...turned it in to the tutor yet" or "...given it to the tutor yet." Perhaps "given it in to" is standard in spoken English where you live, but it is certainly not standard everywhere in the English-speaking world. – Sven Yargs Jul 11 '16 at 21:20
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    Thank you, Sven Yargs, for explaining it in a relaxed way unlike MariLou A did. After reading your comment, I finally got where I am mistaken. when MariLou A wrote the comment, I was just like 'what happened and why I see those capitalized in bold words' It is a pity people are like that. – David Johnson Jul 12 '16 at 7:12

I also believe you are right simply because the subject 'I' most probably is talking from a present perspective. If you were that 'I' and you were talking to your friend about that essay, you'd definitely use present perfect simply because that essay would still be in your possession. That's why your choice of tense is logical. I guess there is some kind of misconception - many, especially ESL teachers, do think the present time cannot be used in a sentence with a verb in the past time. Anyways, I guess past perfect could also be used in this sentence (according to English grammar) but such a sentence will sound weird and not real.When you are speaking with another person, you wouldn't say it that way. By the way, I found an example to back up your point of view (you can even present it to your tutor): She has grown a foot since she turned nine. Besides, such sentences are used in essays, e.g. jw essay samples are full of sentences where past and present time are used in one sentence.

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