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person x: Have you been imprisoned all these years?
person y: Yes, I have/Yes, I was.

What I want to ask is, what happens when one person says something that contains present perfect, and the other person answers using past simple.
Is it okay?
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WesternAmericanperson x: Have you been imprisoned all these years?
person y: Yes, I have/Yes, I was.

What I want to ask is, what happens when one person says something that contains present perfect, and the other person answers using past simple.
Is it okay?


person x: Have you been in prison all these years? (IMO, 'in prison' is more appropriate.)
person y: Yes, I have.


You've to follow the verb in the question, which is 'Have'.
Hmm, interesting question Westerner.

I'd say both "Yes, I have" and "Yes, I was" are possible in that situation and maybe almost equally good, but I'm not sure, as always. Emotion: smile
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<<what happens when one person says something that contains present perfect, and the other person answers using past simple.>> Here's what happens. The person who answers is punished by the grammar police. Emotion: smile

CJ
CalifJim<<what happens when one person says something that contains present perfect, and the other person answers using past simple.>> Here's what happens. The person who answers is punished by the grammar police. Emotion: smile

CJ

Grammar police. It's frightening. W.A., you'd better be careful.
What's wrong with my grammar?Emotion: sad
Strictly speaking, what's wrong about the grammar police? They are just doing their job; In fact, I feel a lot of sympathy towards officer Liat and officer Jim.
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The problem is that you have used phrasing for casual conversation between 2 friends, not between doctor and patient, which must be more formal.

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