I have tried Russian cuisine & I liked it.

Why do we use Past Simple in the "I liked it" part, if

1) there's no indication of when it happened,

2) I liked it at the same time when i tried it, so if we use Present Perfect for "I have tried", then this tense should refer to "I liked" too.

But for no logical reason, I'm sure I should say "I liked it".

Could you please help me explain this usage to my student?

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    Echoing the Present Perfect (I have tried Russian cuisine and I have liked it) would be extremely unusual. I could only imagine that being used in a context where the speaker wanted to imply that he'd tried the stuff more than once, but only actually liked it sometimes (or there's some other reason why he doesn't think he'd necessarily enjoy eating it again now). But essentially I think this is a question more suited to English Language Learners. – FumbleFingers Mar 31 '17 at 16:43
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    Does it help to think of it this way - I have tried Russian cuisine and (when I did) I liked it. – WS2 Mar 31 '17 at 18:20

Using the present perfect means (paraphrasing the original): "At least once prior to the present time, I tasted Russian cuisine (though I am not currently doing so)." Using the preterite tense means: "At one particular time in the past, I enjoyed [Russian cuisine]."

Chaining the tenses together like this is customary, and it additionally communicates that you enjoyed Russian cuisine on the first time you tried it, and also that you've only tried it once (or at most a handful of times).

So using different tenses is more informative than harmonizing them. Also, from a technical stand point, the first clause is primarily marked for aspect, while the second for tense.

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