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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
PERFECTS.

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 WWITHIN 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

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