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If you haven't started/didn't start drafting an article for the holidays, then let's work on this issue first.

It's always confusing for me when to choose the past simple or the present perfect when asking questions or in if clauses. It seems like that everything you ask is important to the present. With that logic, you should always use the present perfect. However, most of the times, I see native using the past simple. Can you explain me? thanks!
  • owlman5

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    I'd use the present perfect in that sentence, atakeris. "Haven't started" sounds more natural to me than "didn't start" does.
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