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Hello all:),

I am back again, with my questions..I have always wondered what was the difference between these sentences..
- You didn't miss anything.
- You haven't missed anything

Why is it used "didn't" in the first one and "haven't" in the second one? Am I mixing everything? Why is the verb in present tence in the first one while in the second one is in the past?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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1)- You didn't miss anything. Simple past, not present
2)- You haven't missed anything Present perfect, which is closer to the present

Use 1 for events more remote in the past (say, 2 days ago), 2 for more recent ones (say, 5 minutes ago), esp connected to the present situation.

Also, 2 is more frequent in the BrE. AmE prefers 1.
Hello Marius Hancu,

Sorry, I was looking at "miss" at first but the realised that the others were verbs too.

But, why are both verbs different? I mean, wouldn't it be possible with just one verb instead of two? After all, they express almost the same thing..Emotion: thinking

Thanks in advance!
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Hi Pucca

There is sometimes little or no difference in meaning between the simple past tense and the present perfect. Whether you choose to use one or the other is often dictated by the broader context (which is what Marius was telling you), and sometimes it simply has to do with how the speaker is looking at things when he/she says or writes the sentence.

And, as Marius also mentioned, we Americans tend to use the simple past tense somewhat more often than our British cousins do.
Got it!:) Thanks Marius Hancu and Yankee!

"Didn't" --> To actions which happened time ago.
"Haven't" --> To actions which happened few minutes ago.

And my last question, is the same rule with all the verbs?
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>"Haven't" --> For actions which happened few minutes ago and/or continue still at this time
Thank you Marius!:D
No, present perfect does not only refer to very recent time. It tends to refer to past time up to now. For example:

I haven't ever gone bungee jumping, but I'm hoping to try it before I turn 60. Emotion: stick out tongue
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