Dear colleagues, I need your help. It says in Grammar in Use "do not use Present Perfect if there is no connection with the present, for example things that happened a long time ago"
The examples to this statement are:
Beethhoven was a great composer (this one my students get)
The Chinese invented printing - this brought up a lot of questions, because the students clearly see the connection with the present, that is: printing is still used and the Chinese is not a dead nation. I did not know what to say and I promised I'd consult my colleagues about this.
So what would be the clear explanation? Also, if you know books, videos, whatever that gives complete and clear explanation of Simple-Perfect usage, please share! I'd be so much grateful...