"Is there a recent past and a remote past tense"

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"I saw her one month ago" "He heard her speaking 60 years ago, and he spoke to her."

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updated FEB 20, 2010
posted by ray76

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I would go to a Spanish Grammar site, and look up past or preterite versus imperfect past. qfreed put alot of work into that lesson above. There are 2 other tenses which are like our, "We have eaten and we had already eaten when they invited us to go to dinner"... but your examples don't seem like they need this much detail...

updated FEB 20, 2010
posted by pilipina
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Present perfect continuous is generally regarded as recent past.

I have been studying.

Even if you say "It has been going on since the dawn of time" it brings the past action up to the near present.

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Present Perfect Continuous time line

updated FEB 20, 2010
edited by 0074b507
posted by 0074b507
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Not quite your Shakespear quote is speaking in present tense of something old. I mean describing something whilst an action was taking place in the remote past.Example . Cicero ,whilst giving his first speech fell off the rostrum.

updated FEB 19, 2010
posted by ray76
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No, there isn't. It's just past tense. Your example says: "La escuchó hablar hace 60 años, y le habló" and "La vi hace un mes".

Take this example:

Your mom called 5 minutes ago

Tu mamá llamó hace 5 minutos

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Shakespiare wrote many plays (quite remote jaja)

Shakespiare escribió muchas obras

Hope it helps!

updated FEB 19, 2010
posted by Benz