If he <has won><wins> it in the lottery, but if he <has stolen><steals> it

JJXR

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Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Sample sentences:

1. Suppose you meet John next week and he has a lot of money. If he has won it in the lottery, he will buy whatever he wants, but if he has stolen it, he will go to prison.

2. Suppose you meet John next week and he has a lot of money. If he wins it in the lottery, he will buy whatever he wants, but if he steals it, he will go to prison.

Question:

Is it more natural to use the present perfect or the simple present in this case? Would it be correct to say that it's a matter of style: some people would prefer sentence #1, others would prefer sentence #2?


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
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