Present perfect or past simple? ( Part- II )
I’ve been or I was
We use the present perfect for a state which has gone on up to the present. (David is still in hospital.)
We’ve lived here for ten years. (And we still live here.)
We use the past simple for a state in the past, in a period which is finished. (David’s stay in hospital is over.)
We lived there for ten years. (We don’t live there now.)
Have you (ever)…? and Did you (ever)…?
We use the present perfect for actions in a period of time up to the present.
This young director has made four films so far. He has made films means that it is possible he will make more films.
Here are some more examples.
Have you ever been to America? ~ Yes, twice.
I’ve played table tennis before. We’ve never had any money.
We use the past simple for actions in the past, a period which is finished.
The director made many films in his long career. He made films means that his career in films is over. He won’t make any more.
Did Churchill ever go to America? ~ Yes, I think so.
I played table tennis at college.
We never had any money in those days.
Today, this week, etc
We use today and phrases with this for a period up to the present.
It hasn’t rained today.
Have you seen this week’s magazine?
We use yesterday and phrases with last for a past period.
It rained yesterday.
Did you see last week’s magazine?
But sometimes today etc can mean a past period. Compare:
I haven’t seen Rachel today. (It’s still daytime.)
I didn’t see Sarah at work today. (The working day is over.)
Has the post come this morning? (It’s still morning.)
Did the post come this morning? (It’s later in the day.)