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grammar rules for "before" vs "in the past" Options
robjen
Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 10:39:05 PM
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Both "before" and "in the past" refer to an event or action which happened in a past time. However, the tenses for them are different. I am going to make up two similar sentences below.

(1) I have played this game before.

(2) I played this game in the past.


Do the rules go like this: present perfect for "before" and simple past for "in the past"? Thanks.
Audiendus
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 12:59:09 PM
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You can say any of the following:

I have played this game before.
I have played this game in the past.
I played this game in the past.
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