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There's the sentence: I've just noticed it a minute ago. Is it a good sentence? On the one hand I used the present perfect tense because "I've just seen something," but on the other hand I added that it happened a minute ago, and as far as I know we use the word "ago" only in the past simple tense.

So, maybe it should be: I just noticed it a minute ago.

thanks
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Newguest
Hi

There's the sentence: I've just noticed it a minute ago. Is it a good sentence? On the one hand I used the present perfect tense because "I've just seen something," but on the other hand I added that it happened a minute ago, and as far as I know we use the word "ago" only in the past simple tense.

So, maybe it should be: I just noticed it a minute ago.

thanks
I'd write: I noticed it a minute ago. (I think 'just' is not necessary.)
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Marius Hancu<> Being so close to now, I'd use I've just ...
So, would it be the right construction: I've just....and ago??? Is it possible?
I've just seen something," but on the other hand I added that it happened a minute ago, and as far as I know we use the word "ago" only in the past simple

I've just seen something. (fine)

I saw something a minute ago. (correct)
PosterI've just noticed it a minute ago.
Mmmmm... you put a minute ago, so shouldn't it be in past tense?
I noticed it a minute ago.
But if the exact time is not mentioned, then it is fine to state:
I've just noticed it a while ago.
or
I've noticed it just now.

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Newguest,
You are correct. I would use this formulation for something that had just happened:
I just noticed it a minute ago.
I would not use:
I've just noticed it a minute ago.

For example:
Wife: Hey, the neighbor's dog is in the yard.
Husband: Yea, I just noticed [a short while ago / a minute ago].
Thank you for the answers.
Hi Newguest
To me, the use of the word 'ago' basically rules out the usage of the present perfect in your sentence.
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