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“I’ve just arrived” vs. “I just arrived”: Are they both correct? Do they mean the same thing? [duplicate]

My grammar book suggests that when using words like just, that you should “always” use present perfect. So the correct form should be I've just arrived according to my book. Is this true? I ask ...
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Why is the present perfect used in headlines? [duplicate]

In news reports, we often read or hear events introduced with the present perfect, and then the past simple like this: The film star Jim Cooper has died of cancer. He was 68 and lived in Texas. ...
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I've just bought vs. I just bought vs. I bought [duplicate]

I bought an English grammar book 3 weeks ago. Is it correct to use any of the following sentences interchangeably to tell my friend that I bought the book, or is there a difference in meaning between ...
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Have written and wrote. They mean the same thing? [duplicate]

I have written a letter. I wrote a letter. Do they mean the same thing or there is a difference? If there is a difference then where should I use "have written" and "wrote"? (I'm also talking about ...
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Grammar Question: “have never read” [duplicate]

I am afraid I have never read Life of Pi, the novel by Yann Martel. Is this sentence wrong? If not wrong, is it sloppy? To me it seems more appropriate to say: I am afraid I never read Life of Pi,...
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Is “I just spent all my money” grammatically incorrect? [duplicate]

Lyircs of Free by Natalia Kills: I'm free I just spent all my money but I rocked that like it don't cost a thing Shouldn't it be "I've just spent all my money"? As far as I remember, ...
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Does the present perfect imply an action finished in the past? [duplicate]

reading passage: Ten Taiwanese film directors, producers and screenwriters have been invited to participate in a two-day workshop in Paris next week, to seek co-production opportunities with their ...
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Present perfect or simple past [duplicate]

Why is it better to use simple past than present perfect in the first six sentences? 1.Did you win the game of chess? 2.Did you see Ann? 3.Did you call Jane? 4.When did you join the company? 5.Did ...
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Present perfect or past simple? [duplicate]

I know the basic rules about using PP and PS (like specified time in the past etc.) but in some cases, it is not clear to me: I have finished painting. - present perfect, I just announce that. I ...
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Simple Past vs. Present Perfect for recently completed actions [duplicate]

In the following dialogue: A: Look! I have bought a new hat. B: Nice! Where did you buy it? or C. Nice! Where have you bought it? Which is correct, b or c? Or both?
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I just remembered or i have just remembered? [duplicate]

Suppose I wrote someone an email and told him something. After a few days, it occurred to me that I forgot to tell him about other things. What is correct in this situation: Hi marc, I have just ...
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English confuses me sometimes [duplicate]

I posted something online and someone said it was wrong so... I said : I just changed my phone number. That person said that i should have said : I have just changed my phone number. Which one was ...
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“have” vs.“have got” in American and British English

I have looked through several questions and answers on EL&U, and often there is an indication that American English prefers "have" while British English prefers "have got". In addition, there are ...
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What is a respectful way to refer to a person who has died?

What is a respectful way to refer to a person who has died? Is it OK to call that person "rest in peace"? The rest in peace guy was a very generous man.
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Simple Past vs. Present Perfect: “was” vs. “has been” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Did it close” vs “Has it closed”? As a English non-native speaker it is difficult for me to understand when I must use present perfect or past simple ...

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