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The past simple or the present perfect?

Last Update : August 31st 2021 04:15 pm
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Finish each of the following sentences in such a way that it is as similar in meaning as possible to the sentence printed before it.
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EXAMPLE: I've never had to work all through the night before. This is the first time I've had to work all through the night.

  1. Most of us became salesmen when we left university.
    Most of us have Most of us became salesmen when we left university.
    Most of us have become salesmen when we left university. X
  2. Our current manager started working here ten years ago.
    Our current manager has ...
    Our current manager started working here ten years ago.
    Our current manager has started working here ten years ago. X
  3. I haven't heard from Sarah for a couple of months
    The last I haven't heard from Sarah for a couple of months
    The last couple of months I didn't hear from Sarah. X
  4. I used to find computers difficult before I started taking these lessons.
    Since I used to find computers difficult before I started taking these lessons.
    Since I used to find computers difficult before since I have started taking these lessons. X
  5. Michael Owen is the best player I've seen so far in this competition.
    I've yet Michael Owen is the best player I've seen so far in this competition.
    I've yet seen Michel Owen so far in this competition, is the best player. X

Grammar Focus 1

Grammar Focus 2

I've yet to steel / I haven't stolen (identifier) (yet)
Yet anticipates that something might happen soon, even though it has not happened yet

This form emphasises yet using a kind of inversion to put yet strongly at the front. This gives more feeling of anticipation that the action is more likely to actually happen.
  1. I haven't stolen your book
    (I haven't stolen your book and I am probably not going to steel it.)
  2. I've yet to steel his book
    ( I haven't stolen it yet, but might well steel it soon. )

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