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past simple vs.present perfect

Post by Christin » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:54 pm

HI everyone, I need to help with the following message which I wrote. I'm not sure about the use of the right tenses.

Hi Tom,

I’m really sorry but I broke your favourite cup. I wanted to give my dirty plate to dishwasher, but your cup was next to the plate and I threw down the cup. It´s my mistake. I would like to pay it or I will buy to you a new one.

Lucy


Should I write: I' m really sorry but I have broken your favourite cup. I wanted to give....
It has been my mistake, or It's my mistake.

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Re: past simple vs.present perfect

Post by Joe » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:56 pm

It all depends where you are haha

You want US or UK English?
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Re: past simple vs.present perfect

Post by Christin » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:43 pm

rather UK english because it was homework and preparation for the english exam

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Re: past simple vs.present perfect

Post by Joe » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:02 pm

British English

I’m really sorry but I have broken your favourite cup. I wanted to put my dirty plate in the dishwasher, but your cup was next to my plate and I threw down (dropped?) your cup. It was my mistake. I would like to pay for it or I will buy you a new one.
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Re: past simple vs.present perfect

Post by Christin » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:41 am

Thank you for the correction! So in US english I could use present perfect,right? Now I understand that if I use past simple in the first sentence,it won't be a mistake as well. But the only thing I don't understand is separating last sentence by a comma (because it's a compound sentence so I would write a comma)=> I would like to pay for it, or I will buy you a new one.

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Re: past simple vs.present perfect

Post by Joe » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:00 am

In general US uses past in preference to present perfect:

Did you eat already?

This is common in US but strange in UK.

But the present perfect is also used in US, just less than UK.

A comma might be better.
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Re: past simple vs.present perfect

Post by Christin » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:26 am

Ok,thanks for your help!

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