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Hello all,

Someone wrote the following to me today:

"I have use both AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo Messenger."

At first I thought there was a typo in "use" and that she'd meant to write "used", but afterwards I took a look on google and I found out that construction is pretty common. However, I just don't get the nuance that "have" adds to sentence.

What is the difference between that sentence and the following?:

"I use both AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo Messenger."

Thanks in advance.
 
  • kiro

    Senior Member
    UK / English
    Hi PolCas,
    It should be "I have used both..."
    "I have use both..." just isn't grammatically correct.
    I've checked the first few pages of the results in Google with that sentence and they are all just spelling mistakes and possibly grammar mistakes in a few cases that may have been written by non-native speakers.
    Saludos.
     

    jimreilly

    Senior Member
    American English
    Well, it's a mistake for one of the following, but who knows which? (I suspect #2 or #3):

    1) I use both AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo Messenger.
    --I currently use both of these things.
    2) I have use of both AOL IM and YM.
    --Both of these things are available to me to use.
    3) I have used both AOL IM and YM.
    --I have used both of these things (in the past)
    4) I have both AOL IM and YM.
    --Both are installed and I can use them.
     
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