Present perfect / Past?

Lil   Thu Jun 07, 2007 11:00 pm GMT
When talking to a student about his test/essay/..., what is more common?
- You have worked hard and...
- You worked hard and...
furrykef   Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:07 am GMT
Hmm. I would say "You worked hard on that essay", unless perhaps we were talking immediately after the essay was finished or handed in. In that case, I think they're interchangeable.

- Kef
Pos   Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:27 am GMT
If you think the essay may need revising, or is unfinished, you would probably use the perfect form.
Bridget   Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:24 am GMT
Also, if you want to focus on result, the present perfect would probably the "right" choice.