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CELTA pre-interview task

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  • lucyblue0706
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    25 September, 2010 at 12:29
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    Hi

    I have a couple of sentences that I am struggling to explain the error with and I would appreciate someone pointing me in the right direction:

    I’ve been to China last year – corrected: I went to China last year
    How long do you know Nathan? – corrected: How long have you known Nathan?

    I know what’s wrong, I just can’t put it into words! I understand it’s not ‘OK’ to tell me the answer considering it’s for a pre-interview task but just some handy hints would be great.

    Thanks
    :)

    dan
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    1 October, 2010 at 8:24
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    Reply To: CELTA pre-interview task

    Hi

    Think about the meaning of each of the tenses involved here.

    In the first one you have the present perfect versus the past simple. Can we use both to express something that happened at a definite time in the past?

    In the second one you have the present simple versus the present perfect. Think about what your answer would be to the corrected version. Now think about which tense we can use to express the period of time involved in this answer.

    I can’t say much more without giving the answers, but I hope that gives you a few hints?

    Good luck, Dan

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