Present perfect vs past simple

“Queue here please, we’re British!” Present Perfect vs Past Simple

200330172-002I recently travelled around Italy and Spain for work with an English colleague.  I am very used to both of these cultures having travelled there at length, so it made me smile that my colleague was so outraged when she discovered people there don’t queue like British people!  Anyone who has visited Britain will have noticed that British people love queuing and consider it an important part of their culture.  In fact it’s quite offensive when people try to push in!

My colleague and I were standing in a queue for a taxi outside the airport when 3 people pushed in front of us without a second thought and she said;

“That’s so rude! We’ve been queuing for 20 minutes, how dare they push in!”

I thought I would use this situation to address a problem that often arises with my students; that is when to use present perfect (simple / continuous) instead of past simple.

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