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Query:   [summary] present perfect (corrected)
Author:  YANAGI Tomohiro
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Syntax

Summary:   I posted a summary for present perfect puzzle a few weeks ago, but I must
correct part of it.

The original question is:

Whether present perfect forms and simple past forms are freely
interchangeable in languages where the adverbs can be used in present

To this question, I wrote as follows:

The answer is NO. Simple past and present perfect forms are not generally
interchangeable, but there is some dialectual variation within a language.
For example, the simple past is preferred to the present perfect in
Northern dialect of Italian while the reverse happens in Southern dialects.

Correction (corrected part is capitalized):

The answer is NO. [...] the simple past is preferred to the present
perfect in SOUTHERN dialects of Italian while the reverse happens in
NORTHERN dialects.

I am grateful to Dieter Vermandere and Salvatore Mele for pointing out this

I recieved other responses to the summary posted. Thanks aslo go to
Hendrik, Lloyd Anderson, Hartmut Haberland, and Dr. Joachim Ballweg, who
gave me helpful comments and suggestions.

YANAGI Tomohiro

LL Issue: 10.1269
Date Posted: 31-Aug-1999
Original Query: Read original query


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