I have found out that he did it. VS. I found out that he did it.

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I have found out that he did it. VS. I found out that he did it.

 

Is there a meaning difference or usage difference between them?


I have already learned that there are some differences between the past tense and present perfect tense and all of a sudden, I was wondering if the two sentences are interchangeable for the same meaning in some case?

 

What do you experts think? Thank you for your time and help as usual.

edited May 28 '13 at 02:37 Hans Contributor

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I have found out that he did it. This suggests that the action took place in the recent past.

I found out that he did it. This suggests that the action took place at some time in the past.

link comment answered May 28 '13 at 05:31 Sanjay Expert
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"I have found out that he did it" also implies that perhaps your audience knew that something happened in the past and that you were trying to discover who was responsible.  The present perfect would indicate to the listener that they should reference a previous conversation or information.

link comment answered May 28 '13 at 13:15 Kimberly Expert

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