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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 12:20:45 AM
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Her spending allegedly took place at designer boutiques all over the world, ranging from the Harrods department store in London to New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue.

In her autobiography, Rosmah was quoted as saying that “I have bought some jewellery and dresses with my own money. What is wrong with that?”

Is saying that "I have bought..." OK?

Thanks.
Dani M Per
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1:00:52 AM

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That is correct... It is present perfect simple, focus on the result and the action has finished.
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It's fine. "I have bought..." and "I bought..." are not practically different. "I have bought..." suggests a slightly greater historical perspective.
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The last two answers are correct.

In my opinion/experience, "I bought" would seem to imply that it happened only once - one shopping trip.

"I have bought" has some implication that it happened a few times (at least) between some time in the past and now - and may be happening again today or in the future.

These different aspects/tenses can mean slightly different or very different things in different types of sentence.
In this sentence, the difference is quite small and is simply "an implication" - they don't definitely mean any different.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 2:45:32 AM
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In her autobiography, Rosmah was quoted as saying that “I have bought some jewellery and dresses with my own money. What is wrong with that?”

Actually, I wondered whether "that" should be removed so that it reads quoted as saying "I have bought..."
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 2:48:37 AM

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Actually . . . you're right.

One normally uses "that" to introduce a paraphrase, not a direct quote.

Rosmah was quoted as saying “I have bought some jewellery and dresses with my own money. What is wrong with that?”

Rosmah was quoted as saying that she had bought some jewellery and dresses with her own money, and asked what was wrong with that.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:00:43 AM
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Thanks to all of you.
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