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Hello,
Why do we have to use the past perfect with "the last few days"?

Example:
In the last few days, dates for the summer music festival have been confirmed.
According to my information, we use THE PAST SIMPLE when we have an expression of time.

But I think "the last few hours/days/weeks/ months ..." is not a completed period (it includes the present time as well) the reason why we use the present perfect. Isn't it?
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Hi, Meriem,

@Meriem posted:
Why do we have to use the past perfect with "the last few days"?

Example:
In the last few days, dates for the summer music festival have been confirmed.
According to my information, we use THE PAST SIMPLE when we have an expression of time.

But I think "the last few hours/days/weeks/ months ..." is not an achieved period (it includes the present time as well) the reason why we use the present perfect. Isn't it?

Let's say if the time leads up to the moment of speaking, the present perfect and the present perfect continuous sound perfect to use, but if it refers to a finished action in the past, the past simple is the one to use.  When 'in the last few + a period of time' is used, we mostly go with the present perfect or the present perfect continuous if the time specified is unfinished period of time.

- In the last few days, many countries have been suffering / have suffered a lot.

- In the last few days of the holiday something funny happened.

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