The Preterit and Present Perfect
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Dear LINGUIST Listers,
I am currently working on the present perfect and the preterit in American and British
English, i.e., the preterit as the present perfect and the present perfect with past time
adverbs as in the following examples:
a. I just came back.
b. You told me already.
c. The horse’s trainer has had a winner here yesterday.
This is discussed on the A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (Quirk, R. et
al.:1985) and Practical English Usage (Swan, M.:1995) and others.
But unfortunately, there are certain points that remain less than clear.
I therefore would be very grateful if any “native speakers” could give me their acceptability
judgments on the data in the questionnaire below.
Please, respond to: http://www.englishcafe.jp/survey.html
I’ll certainly be willing to share the results with anyone who is interested.
Hokkaido University of Education, Hakodate campus.
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