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Why did you buy your parents a house last month?

Because I wanted to express how sorry I was for all the trouble I've caused them over the last couple of years.

Is "I've" okay or does it have to be "I'd"? Thank you and elaborate, please.

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NecrophagistIs "I've" okay

Yes.

Necrophagistor does it have to be "I'd"

No, but it can be if you want.

CJ

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CalifJim
NecrophagistIs "I've" okay

Yes.

Necrophagistor does it have to be "I'd"

No, but it can be if you want.

CJ

What's the difference? I felt it would be better to use the present perfect because of "over the last couple of years"

NecrophagistWhat's the difference?

"I'd" (I had) suggests that the trouble stopped before the moment you say this sentence. "I've" (I have) suggests the reverse, i.e., that the trouble has not necessarily stopped.

NecrophagistI felt it would be better to use the present perfect because of "over the last couple of years".

I feel the same about it.

CJ

CalifJim
NecrophagistWhat's the difference?

"I'd" (I had) suggests that the trouble stopped before the moment you say this sentence. "I've" (I have) suggests the reverse, i.e., that the trouble has not necessarily stopped.

NecrophagistI felt it would be better to use the present perfect because of "over the last couple of years".

I feel the same about it.

CJ

What about in this case?
You find an old photo of you as a child. Your mother asks you how you found it the next day.

You say: "I was going through all the pictures we'd taken/we've taken over the years, and I just saw it in the bottom of the box" Which tense would be correct here? I'd use "we'd taken" because I understand it as "the pictures we'd taken over the years up to that point"

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we've taken

CJ

When does that "we've taken" become "we'd taken"? Maybe if she asked me that a year after I found it? I don't quite understand how this works

NecrophagistI don't quite understand how this works.

With the present perfect there is no time gap between the action and the present.

With the past perfect there is a time gap between the action and the present.


Time ..... > ...... > ...... >
X is the moment of utterance, the moment you say the sentence.

I was going through all the pictures we've taken over the years, and I saw it in the box.
........... [ - - - - over the years - - - - ]saw ... X
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I was going through all the pictures we'd taken that summer, and I saw it in the box.

......... [ that summer ] ............................. saw ... X

CJ

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CalifJim
NecrophagistI don't quite understand how this works.

With the present perfect there is no time gap between the action and the present.

With the past perfect there is a time gap between the action and the present.


Time ..... > ...... > ...... >
X is the moment of utterance, the moment you say the sentence.

I was going through all the pictures we've taken over the years, and I saw it in the box.
........... [ - - - - over the years - - - - ]saw ... X
__________

I was going through all the pictures we'd taken that summer, and I saw it in the box.

......... [ that summer ] ............................. saw ... X

CJ

The only reason why I think the present perfect is fine is because "over the years" still applies at the time of speaking. I think it would be "had taken over the years" if somebody asked me that a year after I found it. Am I getting this right?

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