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    Default past simple followed by the present perfect

    "We had the Parliamentary Elections. There hasn't been a level playing ground for all political parties. Pro-presidential candidates have been given preferential treatment and have been trying to rig the ballot."

    Could I start with the past simple and go on with the present perfect?

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    Default Re: past simple followed by the present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "We had the Parliamentary Elections. There hasn't been a level playing ground for all political parties. Pro-presidential candidates have been given preferential treatment and have been trying to rig the ballot."

    Could I start with the past simple and go on with the present perfect?
    No.

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    Default Re: past simple followed by the present perfect

    How about this "While we had the Parliamentary Elections, there hasn't been a level playing ground for all political parties. Pro-presidential candidates have been given preferential treatment and have been trying to rig the ballot."?
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    Default Re: past simple followed by the present perfect

    No
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    Default Re: past simple followed by the present perfect

    Can you please point to the mistakes in the previous post?

    "While we had the Parliamentary Elections, there hasn't been a level playing ground for all political parties where pro-presidential candidates were given preferential treatment and were trying to rig the ballot."?

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    Default Re: past simple followed by the present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can you please point to the mistakes in the previous post?

    "While we had the Parliamentary Elections, there hasn't been a level playing ground for all political parties where pro-presidential candidates were given preferential treatment and were trying to rig the ballot."?
    It's just a mixed up sentence. Were you trying to say, "When we had/were having the parliamentary elections, there wasn't a level playing field for all political parties. Pro presidential candidates were given preferential treatment and were trying to rig the ballot."?
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    Default Re: past simple followed by the present perfect

    Yes. That's what I was tryingto say. Could I throw in the present perfect to emphasize there wasn't a level playing ground for all political parties?

    "While we had the parliamentary elections, there hasn't been a level playing field for all political parties. Pro presidential candidates were given preferential treatment and were trying to rig the ballot"?

    The reason I'm asking is that I was just reading an article on Ukraine sliding away from democracy in The Washington Post while I came across the sentence "While election day was largely peaceful, there have been allegations of fraud in the voting process and tabulation".
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    Default Re: past simple followed by the present perfect

    Would that be so difficult for an native speaker to put an aswer to the quesion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would that be so difficult for an native speaker to put an aswer to the quesion?
    Faced with that sort of attitude, yes.
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    Default Re: past simple followed by the present perfect

    I'm not getting it! Could I get an answer?

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