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    Correct me if I'm wrong

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Raffles, Feb 29, 2008.

    I see this so many times on writing forums.

    This is a short story what I wrote or This is a short story I wrote.

    I don't know about you guys, but it really annoys me for some reason.

    Shouldn't it be:

    This is a short story I've written? or I've written a short story.

    For some reason the first example seems as if a child is writing it, and when I read that first sentence, it really sends shudders up my spine.

    Maybe I'm just being picky.
     
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    The only one of the four I really have an issue with is the first one:
    If what were changed to that, I could live with it. But the choice between wrote and have written is purely a personal preference, with have written carrying a little more of the connotation of a writing process rather than an event.

    On the other hand, I might prefer to voice it more actively:
     
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    i'd ditto that!
     
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    "Have written" is the Present Perfect. Wrote is just the Past Simple. Both are perfectly acceptable.
     
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    As has already been said, both of the two tenses are perfectly acceptable although some people would tend to use a certain one. Personally, I do tend to use the perfect tense:

    I have done...
    I have eaten...

    Rather than the simple past:

    I did...
    I ate...
     
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    imo, which to use should be dictated by the context within which you use them, not personal preference... there will be many instances where one would work and the other won't...
     
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    Absolutely, sorry I didn't make that very clear. In situations where you could use either, I prefer to use the perfect tense.
     

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