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    Default when+present perfect to mean past action

    Would this sentence be grammatical?

    "Has there ever been a day when there's been nothing to put in the news?"

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    Default Re: when+present perfect to mean past action

    Yes.
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    Default Re: when+present perfect to mean past action

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Yes.
    What's the difference between the use of the present perfect and the past simple after "when"?

    "............when there's been nothing to put in the news."

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    "...........when there was nothing to put in the news."

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    Default Re: when+present perfect to mean past action

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What's the difference between the use of the present perfect and the past simple after "when"?

    "............when there's been nothing to put in the news."

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    "...........when there was nothing to put in the news."
    I would very much to like if there's any difference.

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    Default Re: when+present perfect to mean past action

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I would very much to like if there's any difference.
    Only stylistically. I'd be inclined to use the perfect tense in both clauses.
    An American might prefer, "Was there ever a day when there was nothing to put in the news?" But the meaning remains the same (in most contexts, assuming that days still occur in which nothing might happen to put in the news.).

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