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Hi, Ahmed,

Is using the present perfect in the following sentence correct?

- I have finished since 12 o'clock.

No, that sentence is not correct, because the action of finishing is not durative. You can say, for example:

- I finished at 12 o'clock.

- I've been trying to finish since 12 o'clock.

"trying to finish" is something that can extend over time, from some point in the past till now, and that's why it works with "since."

Hi, Ahmed,

No, that sentence is not correct, because the action of finishing is not durative. You can say, for example:

- I finished at 12 o'clock.

- I've been trying to finish since 12 o'clock.

"trying to finish" is something that can extend over time, from some point in the past till now, and that's why it works with "since."

I'm sorry, Gustavo. I have just seen your reply after sending mine. I completely agree with you, as usual, and I'm honored to share you the same opinion.

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I'd like to note that it is possible to say things like this:

  • This is the only project that I have finished since 12 o'clock.

In this case, the thing finished is one of many things that might have been completed since 12 o'clock, i.e., between then and now.

That's a very good point, David. I understand that the action or, rather, the state extending between 12 o'clock and now — which justifies the use of the present perfect — is the existence or nonexistence of projects in a completed status, the sentence above being somehow similar to:

- Since 12 o'clock there has been only one project finished by me. (which is of course much less idiomatic than the sentence above)

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