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Can you say this as a shortcut in Korean for past tense?

먹었어 instead of 먹어있어요?

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Base language: English
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    I've only ever heard it as, "먹었어요." Never seen it the other way.

    better wait for Korean person to answer, but let me make my best guess :)
    먹었어 = low-level past tense of 먹다
    먹고 있어요 = polite level present continuous tense of 먹다
    verb stem+아/어 + 있어요 = polite level to describe state of object after verb was done (door is shut (I shut the door and now it's shut)

    um, ok not sure about last one, gotta check textbooks lol

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