have seen/saw still confused please help?

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i have seen that movie or i saw that movie? What's the difference between them? When to use them?

Please help Emotion: tongue tied
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Hi,

What's the difference between them? When to use them?

Here are some examples with a very basic explanation .

Example A.

Tom: Hi, Bob, do you want to go and see Mission Impossible?

Bob: No, thanks, I have seen that movie. Bob is talking about a past event but, really, he is thinking about now. Now, he doesn't want to go.

Example B.

Tom: Hi, Bob, they were showing Mission Impossible at the movie theatre last month. Did you go?

Bob: Yes, I saw that movie. Here, Bob is just thinking and talking about past events, not about the present.

I suggest you should review the Present Perfect in your grammar book.Emotion: smile

Best wishes, Clive
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Anonymous:
I'm still interested! I have looked in every grammar book
that I have and I am still confused!

Why can't you say " I saw that movie" or " I have seen that movie. Why can't both be correct?

Do you always have to use a specific time with the simple past?
Examples:
How did you get there?
I took a cab.

Did you see your brother?
Yes, I saw him.

I understand you use the present perfect with an unspecified time in the past but can't you use present perfect too?

Have you seen your brother?
Yes, I have seen my brother.
Why can't you say " I saw that movie" or " I have seen that movie. Why can't both be correct?- Both are correct as they stand.

Do you always have to use a specific time with the simple past?-- No, not at all; the point is that a specific past time makes present perfect impossible.
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