Present perfect and past 2

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We do not use the present perfect (I have done) when we talk about a finished time (for example,yesterday / last year / ten minutes ago etc.). We use a past tense:

  • It was very cold yesterday. (not has been)
  • Paul and Lucy arrived ten minutes ago. (not have arrived)
  • Did you eat a lot of sweets when you were a child? (not have you eaten)
  • I got home late last night. I was very tired and went straight to bed.

Use the past to ask When … ? or What time … ? :

  • When did your friends arrive? (not have … arrived)
  • What time did you finish work?

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