I've broken my arm or I broke my arm.


I figured that present perfect is used when there's a connection to the present. So for instance if someone asks me why my arm is in a cast. I should reply using present perfect "Because I've broken it". But "Because I broke it" feels kinda natural too. So which is the correct one?

P.S. This is just hypothetical situation that popped into my mind.

correct tense sentance asked Oct 21 '13 at 20:39 ferka1 New member

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Glad to know it is hypothetical, and you didn't actually break your arm. The present perfect tense can be used to describe something that happened in the past.  It is often used when talking about a past event that has present consequences.  The simple past tense can also be used.  Both are correct and acceptable. 

link comment answered Oct 21 '13 at 23:53 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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