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Simple past or past perfect? Options
marakita
Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012 10:15:33 AM
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Please, are there anyone who can tell me which one of these two sentences is correct?
- This summer I went to the seaside.
- This summer I have gone to the seaside.
Thank you very much.
IMcRout
Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012 11:44:15 AM
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Both are possible, marakita. but they express a slightly different attitude on YOUR side.

If you consider the act of going to the seaside over and done with, an event that began and ended in the past, then the simple past is what you want.

If, however, you have in mind that the summer is not quite over yet and / or you are still at the seaside, then the present perfect is a possible solution. Another one would be 'This summer I've been to the seaside.'

The word 'this' (year, month, summer, week ...) often indicates that the person who is speaking considers this period as still going on.

But, as I said, it depends on what YOU are thinking of.

Btw, your question would read better 'IS there anyone who can tell me ...'
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