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I went to the store.
I have gone to the store.

Which is correct and what is the difference?
New Member09
They could both be "correct" - it would depend on the surrounding events.

can you tell us the rest of the story?
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I went to the store. (simple past tense)
I have gone to the store. (present perfect tense)

* Simple past tense
It is used to talk about states or events that took place at a specified time in the past and are not happening any longer. Ex.:
. I went to the store [this morning].
. I called you yesterday.
. I didn't know the difference between simple past and present perfect.

* Present perfect tense
- Actions that happened at some time in the past, but the exact time is not necessary (or not needed). You want to emphasize the action. Ex.:
. Have you seen The Last Samurai?
. I have been here before.

- Actions that started in the past and have a connection with the present. Ex.:
. I've lived in Brazil since for three years.
. I have never been to Itally.
Full Member106
When past tense is used, a specific time should be mentioned but not compulsory I think.Emotion: smile

eg. I went to the store. ( this morning )
Regular Member882
Anonymous:
I dont think there is an issue with correct or incorrect. However, context... as a teacher I tend to get my students to focus on 'Use'.

So, for example: Your room mate asks," Where have you been? Where did you go? I have been waiting for you for over an hour!"

Your response," Oh sorry, I went to the store."

The second example, "I have gone to the store". I can think of only this example where this sentence would be used the way it has been written. " Where've you gone(disappeared to!!)? Its seven o'clock and you did say you'd be home by six thirty!" Your response: "I am sorry. I've gone to the store .....to pick up a few groceries"

Ugh! This is not an expression I hear very often I must confess.
Hi,

Here's a realistic and common kind of scenario for the Present Perfect sentence.

A man comes home and finds that his wife is not in the house. He thinks 'Hmmm, where is she? She is normally here'. Then he finds a note that says 'Hi dear, I have gone ( I've gone) to the store'.

Best wishes, Clive
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CliveA man comes home and finds that his wife is not in the house. He thinks 'Hmmm, where is she? She is normally here'. Then he finds a note that says 'Hi dear, I have gone ( I've gone) to the store'.
But you could also write "I went to the store" in the note (or on the note?), right?
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Hi,

Yes, you could. But it's a reasonable illustration of when the Present Perfect would not be out of place. The focus is on 'now', ie the wife knew when she wrote that her husband would be thinking 'Where is she now?' rather than 'What did she do?'

In addition, the previous poster seemed perhaps to be thinking (Ugh! This is not an expression I hear very often) that the sentence was unusual, which it isn't.

Best wishes, Clive
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Oh, yeah, you were explaining the present perfect. I just wondered about the past simple. I thought it was ok too, but I just asked to be sure... I see, anyway, thanks Emotion: smile
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