Mi novio ha llegado a casa

MadaleneB2Kwiziq community member

Mi novio ha llegado a casa

Why does the use the preterite perfect rather than the simple preterite? 

Asked 2 years ago
MarshaC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The present perfect is used for events that have happened recently (usually within the same day). The exercise starts with - what a surprise I got today and all the things she talks about happened today so are within the same timeframe.

EmmaC1Kwiziq community member

I think it is worth noting that what Marsha says is really only true in Spain. In many parts (all of?) Latin America it would be more natural to use the simple preterite in this story.

Mi novio ha llegado a casa

Why does the use the preterite perfect rather than the simple preterite? 

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