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I went to the store.
I have gone to the store.

Which is correct and what is the difference?
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Kooyeenyou could also write "I went to the store"
No. You wouldn't write about something in the past tense that you haven't yet done.
Hi Bokeh

According to your post, the present perfect would be equally wrong, wouldn't it?

A quick and admittedly unscientific survey of my household had unanimous results: Everyone said they would write "I went to the store" in a note (for the sort of situation Clive described).
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YankeeEveryone said they would write "I went to the store" in a note (for the sort of situation Clive described).
Hi, maybe that's ok for a Yankee to say... but I'm a Brit (I wouldn't say store either). Are there any Brits out there that would use the simple past in their note?

Here's my reasoning: the note is written to answer the question the reader is asking at the time they read the note. That question would be either "where are you" or "where have you gone" but it wouldn't be "where were you" because you are still missing. Hence my note might say either "I'm at the shops" or "I have gone to the shops", probably the latter.
KooyeenBut you could also write "I went to the store" in the note (or on the note?), right?
I don't think a BrE note would say "I went to the store"; it would have to be "I've gone to the store".

Otherwise, it would seem as if the wife in question was now elsewhere (and that she had written the note, mysteriously, upon returning from the store).

MrP
BokehHere's my reasoning: the note is written to answer the question the reader is asking at the time they read the note. That question would be either "where are you" or "where have you gone" but it wouldn't be "where were you" because you are still missing.
In the US the question wouldn't be "where were you" either. However, rather than "where have you gone" the American mind definitely prefers to ask the question "where did you go". The concept of going to would tend to be presented as a finished act, but if the person is still absent when the note is read, it would logically be the coming backwhich is not yet finished. Emotion: smile
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hai
please tell me the difference between, told, said, tell
tell, tells, say, and says are present tense.
told and said are past tense.

See Say and Tell.
See what is the difference between SAID & TELL me?.

CJ

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I went to the store. or I have gone to the store.
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Hi,
You'll find an explanation of this if you read the earlier part of this thread.

Clive
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