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Have developed is an example of what's called present perfect tense. A thorough discussion of this tense can be found on this page of www.englishpage.com.
Because developing the list is a task that is not finished, that is being refined, you use the present perfect tense instead of the simple past.
So I don't know if this is right or anything, but this is what I think.I think using colloquial speech "have" makes more sense.Example 1Person 1: Have you danced to that club?Person 2: Yeah, I've danced at that club.Example 2Person 1: Did you dance at that club?Person 3: Yeah, I danced at that club.For Example 1, note how the contraction (which sounds more familiar to our ears) is more immediate; in other words, it sounds as if it could have just happened. Example 2 sounds much like more time has elapsed. Notice also, that they are answers to different questions. The questions assume a particular time from the action.
Maybe should have written "I think by using colloquial speech "have" makes more sense.
Thank you, Jill; I like your examples and explanation.
Thank you! :-)
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