LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||21/DEZ/2003 7:39 PM|
|Assunto:||Re: What have you done ?|
- What have you done ?!!!
use of perfect aspect - and so refers to the implications of a past activity for the present moment (this subtle temporal treatment is absent from languages such as french, spanish etc and so causes such difficulty for learners from these backgrounds)
- What did you do ?!!!
no aspect used - a straightforward question about the past
So the difference is huge and simple
It is a significant distinction which anyone who was purporting to provide useful English language advice would no doubt familiarise themselves with before proceeding - of course most mother-tongue users of english would have no idea that this was what they are doing (as illustrated by some of the previous posts on this strand)
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