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She stole my car.

 
 
JTT
 
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Reply Sun 11 Aug, 2013 08:04 am
@McTag,
Notice how you have again avoided the language issues. And gone directly to spiteful comments, the kind you pretend you don't use but launch in your every post.

Head back to the peeves threads with your Fowler, McTag. That's all you've got to offer as language advice. I notice you never use your Fowler anymore because you know it's nonsense but you keep reading the nonsense.
McTag
 
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Reply Sun 11 Aug, 2013 10:10 am
@JTT,
Oh, no sunlit uplands today then.

Now there's a surprise.
JTT
 
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Reply Sun 11 Aug, 2013 08:34 pm
@McTag,
There is for me and they're beautiful.
McTag
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 01:10 am
@JTT,

I can tell from your posts. Which sanatorium are you in?

You seem to be on the right medication. Keep it steady.
JTT
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 08:45 am
@McTag,
There's that usual snide McTag that you hypocritically chastise me for to divert attention away from the fact that you are avoiding the language issues you raised. Language issues that you stuck your nose into on the present perfect when you admit you don't even know what it is.
McTag
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 01:43 pm
@JTT,

I don't care what it is. If I did, I'd make it my business to find out. So you may stick that with the rest of your opinions in a safe place.
JTT
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 09:18 pm
@McTag,
Then keep your nose out of things you don't understand.
McTag
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 03:23 am
@JTT,

Quote:
Then keep your nose out of things you don't understand.


I've told you before about making arrogant and ill-considered remarks.

When I have more time to spare for your silly nonsense, I'll explain more about this.
JTT
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 10:10 am
@McTag,
When you have some spare time just honestly address the language issues YOU raised and we won't have to go thru this song and dance routine of yours.
McTag
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 11:47 am
@JTT,

What were they?
JTT
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 01:32 pm
@McTag,
McTag's song and dance routine continues.
McTag
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 03:13 pm
@JTT,

More pointless, peevish carping from the sage, the man who knows stuff.
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 03:26 pm
@SMickey,
There is very little difference between the two and either could be used in any context.

"Someone stole my car." is likely to mean yesterday or the day before or somewhere more definitely in the past.

"Someone has stolen my car!" would be more likely to be used when a person first notices that his car has been stolen.

The English verb system with its multiple verb tenses probably derives from the French. An interesting comparison is the Russian verb system in which the main idea is aspect (action at a definite time or continuing action) and not tense.

You can actually mix verb tenses in Russian without causing any alarm:

"Иван вышел из машины и идет в магазин" (John got out of the car and walks into the store) is horrifying in English but perfectly good in Russian, the first verb sets the time and the rest of the sentence is just telling a story.


JTT
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 08:34 pm
@gungasnake,
Quote:
The English verb system with its multiple verb tenses probably derives from the French. An interesting comparison is the Russian verb system in which the main idea is aspect (action at a definite time or continuing action) and not tense.


English does not have multiple verb systems. It has present tense and past tense and then varying aspects of those two.

Quote:
There is very little difference between the two and either could be used in any context.

"Someone stole my car." is likely to mean yesterday or the day before or somewhere more definitely in the past.

"Someone has stolen my car!" would be more likely to be used when a person first notices that his car has been stolen.


You said there is very little difference then you turn around and describe situations where there is a difference.

This amorphous "someone" somewhat limits the differences. This is likely to be described using the passive - My car has been stolen/My car was stolen.
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