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Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by Mayoide, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. Mayoide Senior Member

    Español
    Hola.
    ¿Es correcta la siguiente oración con el present perfect?

    In April I have seen a film called.....


    ​Gracias.
     
  2. blasita

    blasita Senior Member

    Spanish - Spain (Madrid)
    Hola, Mayoide:

    ¿Qué fecha es cuando se habla?

    En español yo normalmente no diría (como en tu título) He visto X película en abril (have seen), sino que usaría el pretérito Vi ... (saw). Sin contexto, creo que sería más o menos lo mismo en inglés.

    Saludos.
     
  3. Mayoide Senior Member

    Español
    La fecha actual. A mí también me sonaba mejor en pasado simple: In April I saw a film called....
    Gracias.
     
  4. sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    Siempre diría "In April I saw a film called ...".
     
  5. Wandering JJ

    Wandering JJ Senior Member

    England
    British English
    With adverbial expressions that take place in the past, e.g. once, ago, when, in those days, last week, on Monday, in April, we always use the pretérito in English.
     
  6. geostan

    geostan Senior Member

    English Canada
    The only possibility for the present perfect might be a comparison with former Aprils, such as In April I have seen those flowers bloom as late as the end of the month.
     
  7. blasita

    blasita Senior Member

    Spanish - Spain (Madrid)
    ¿La fecha actual? ¿Te refieres al 19 de junio (hoy)? Entonces, sin ningún contexto, para mí está claro que es lo mismo en español y en inglés: vi-saw.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2013
  8. Wandering JJ

    Wandering JJ Senior Member

    England
    British English
    Nice one, Geostan!

    You had me going for a minute! Your use of 'in April' is not really referring to a time in the past; rather to a series of Aprils. Same as if I said: 'On Mondays I have often decided not to go to work because of a hangover' — but, 'On Monday (of this week) I decided...'

    Cheers.
     

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