What are the functions of das Perfekt, exactly? I've read different sources that day everything from "It's exactly the same as the English present perfect" to "It's exactly the same as the Imperfekt, which is also exactly the same as the English past tense". Doing my best to synthesize the truth from all of this, my guess is that it's functions are
>a non-past perfect
>a past perfective (like the Preterite in Spanish)
>an informal past imperfective (it can be used instead of the Imperfekt/Präteritum in informal situations)
depending on the context, but I don't know if that's close or way off.