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Hi,
this is probably the dumbest question, but maybe it's not... is it impossible to use the present perfect with "ago"? Take a look at these:

I've already seen that movie a couple of months ago.
I've just seen your sister a few minutes ago.

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People probably say that; I wouldn't write it.
Thanks.
So it seems it's not a dumb question, after all. I think I've always used those kind of structures, but I've never thought about this problem (provided it is a problem). I decided to post after I saw this, which was written today by Grammar Geek:

And now, let's close this ancient thread, which has already been addressed years ago.

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KooyeenI've already seen that movie a couple of months ago.
I've just seen your sister a few minutes ago.

If you feel you must use the "present perfect" AND "ago" try something like this:
I've already seen that movie; I saw it a couple of months ago.
I've just seen your sister; I saw her a few minutes ago.
KooyeenHi,
this is probably the dumbest question, but maybe it's not... is it impossible to use the present perfect with "ago"? Take a look at these:

I've already seen that movie a couple of months ago.
I've just seen your sister a few minutes ago.

Comments? Thanks.

I saw that movie a couple of months ago. (Use simple past when time is mentioned.)

I saw your sister a few minutes ago. (as above)

I've already seen that movie.

I've just seen your sister.
You may find present perfect used with ago, but it is not correct, technically. Both of your examples and the one by GG strike me as strange. (In case you are planning to search on all my posts over the years, let me add that that doesn't mean I might not inadvertently use the same construction myself on a rare occasion. Emotion: smile )

CJ
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What does inadvertently mean?
I bet it's an adverb!
See www.m-w.com for word meanings.

It means unintentionally, accidentally. It's an adverb, yes.

CJ
Hmmm, very interesting, thanks.
So would you think that...
I've already checked it a few minutes ago. <--- sometimes heard, but not good.
I already checked it a few minutes ago. <------ it's a little better than the above, but still not good.
I've just checked it a few minutes ago. <------- This is ok, though.
I just checked it a few minutes ago. <----------- This is ok too.


Thanks again Emotion: smile
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