is this the correct verb tense for this sentence?


She has often spoke to me.

asked Oct 12 '11 at 11:49 karen New member

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i) "She has often spoken with me." - Present Perfect Simple tense.


ii) But, it's better to say: "She often spoke to me." - Simple Past tense.

link answered Oct 12 '11 at 12:24 Shaila Fernandes Expert

I will add that the correct tense depends on your meaning. For (i) this implies that her talking to you in the past is somehow related to something happening in the present. For example, "Kathy is getting a new car? She has often spoken to me about getting one." For (ii) the implied meaning is that she spoke with you in the past, but you no longer speak with her in the same way. For example, "When I cried as a young girl, my grandma would often soothe me with a lullaby." KimberlyOct 12 '11 at 13:33

What do you mean by "Present Perfect Simple Tense". Rahul GuptaOct 12 '11 at 16:04

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"She often speaks to me" - Simple Present Tense...

link comment answered Oct 12 '11 at 12:53 Dian Agustin New member

She has often spoken to me.

link comment answered Oct 12 '11 at 17:11 Ravindra Vasantha Kumara New member

she often spoke to me

link comment answered Oct 14 '11 at 11:25 adeyemi fakeye New member

She often spoke to me

link comment answered Oct 14 '11 at 17:14 Armen New member

That's incorrect. It's either: "She often speaks to me." Or, as per the explanation above, "She has often spokEN (not spoke; it is spoken) to me.


This is a calamity, especially in the US where you'll frequently hear people say, "I have wrote an email", in an effort to sound elegant, when in fact it only illustrates the lack of education in grammar, which should have been properly taught in the person's youth.


It is: I have written, I have spoken (not spoke), I have ridden (not rode), I have taken (not took), I went (not I have went; no auxiliary verb is required in that last instance).


I hope this helps and THANK YOU, for having asked the question instead of continuing to make the same mistake.


I have two very lovely friends, both very well-known models who will say, "You know farewell that..." Farewell means goodbye forever. What they want to say is, "You know very well that..." or, "You know full well that..." I still can't get them to stop the bad habit. But I continue to try. And again, this is in an effort to sound elegant.

link comment answered Oct 25 at 14:00 Rick Appin New member

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