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Present Tense or Past Tense

Post by TommyFromNeverLand » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:04 am

Suppose the school is still going on (10 AM). Should I say to someone "My son doesn't go to school today" or "My son didn't go to school today." The time of speaking is 10 AM.

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Re: Present Tense or Past Tense

Post by Joe » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:03 am

You probably need the present perfect:

My son hasn't gone to school today.

This is typical British English usage. However, I believe Americans might say the same or might say:

My son didn't go to school today.

Perhaps someone else could comment.

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Re: Present Tense or Past Tense

Post by TommyFromNeverLand » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:53 pm

Sorry, I have just sent you the same request. I didn't read the notification and reply from you. Thank you for the reply. I prefer to say "My son didn't go to school today" because I am sure he will not go to school. If I say "My son hasn't gone to school today, then there is a possibility that he might go to school. Am I correct?

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Re: Present Tense or Past Tense

Post by Joe » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:35 am

My son isn’t going to school today.
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