Hi there, should I use recently with simple past or present perfect? 

  • recently bought a mobile. It has very good features with a four-GB ram. I just love the mobile.
  • have recently bought a mobile. It has very good features with a four-GB ram. I just love the mobile.

I have found a similar example on this site using simple past tense. As an English speaker which one would you prefer in the given context?

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Hi, Subhajit,

Both sentences are correct. You can choose the simple past ("I recently bought a mobile"), and you can choose the present perfect ("I have recently bought a mobile"). The choice is yours.

Speakers of American English are more likely to choose the simple past in that context, whereas British speakers, who tend to be more fond of using the present perfect, might favor the present perfect.

I hope you realize that the second sentence ("It has very good features") does not involve the present perfect at all. In that sentence, "has" is not an auxiliary verb there but a main verb. The sentence means: "It possesses very good features."

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