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onsen
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:25:24 AM
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Hello,

Quote:
He put away the book he was writing and didn’t touch it again for years.
(Longman Dictionary of American English)


Is the following sentence correct or not?

He put away the book he was writing and hasn’t touched it again for years.


Thank you.
BobShilling
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 2:17:28 AM
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It is correct, but it does not have the same meaning.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 4:12:57 AM

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Hasn't touched means that the situation as lasted up till now. It restrict the circumstances you can use it in.

Didn't touch is in the past
eg
He didn't touch it for years. Then in 2015 he picked it up again and got so interested he decided to write adapt it for the screen, and that film is now being released.

So, as always with tenses, it depends on what you want to say!

edit - agreeing with Bob
BobShilling
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 5:27:26 AM
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thar wrote:


edit - agreeing with Bob


And adding a sound explanation (with which I agree). Thanks.
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