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    #1

    The world came as close as it has ever come to .....

    'The world came as close as it has ever come to total nuclear destruction on October 14 in 1962, when

    photographs taken by an American U-2 spy plane offered definitive proof that the Soviet Union had set up missile

    bases on the island nation of Cuba, a mere 90 miles from the American coastline.


    In the above sentence,I wonder why "it has" not "it had"...?


    Thanks.

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    Re: The world came as close as it has ever come to .....

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    I wonder why "it has" not "it had"...?
    Because the writer is extending the time period up to the present moment.[/QUOTE]

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    Re: The world came as close as it has ever come to .....

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    'The world came as close as it has ever come to total nuclear destruction on October 14 in 1962, when photographs taken by an American U-2 spy plane offered definitive proof that the Soviet Union had set up missile bases on the island nation of Cuba, a mere 90 miles from the American coastline.
    Let me take this opportunity to recommend one of my favorite movies, Thirteen Days: "A dramatization of President Kennedy's administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962."

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