Present Perfect Usage 2: In a conversation

We understand the Present Perfect Tense as “Conversational Past Tense”. The Past Simple Tense could be referred to as “Narrative Past Tense.” Conversation means when two or more people ask questions and give answers. As soon as one starts retelling a sequence of past events, i.e. a story, a conversation turns into a one way speaking about past events in a story the “Narrative Past Tense” comes into place with it’s Past Simple Tense.

It means that we use the Present Perfect in a conversation to talk about recent completed events and not in a story to talk about past events.

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To narrate stories, tales etc, that had events within the finished period of time in the past, we use Past Simple. We can also use other tense forms but not the Present Perfect. Weather we specify the finished period of time explicitly or implicitly, we don’t choose the Present Perfect.

The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords.

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