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    Default present perfect tense

    The past year has been good.Why does one use present perfect tense here?

    Can I say "The past year was good."

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    Default Re: present perfect tense

    'The past year' generally refers to the period of twelve months ending at the present moment. The present perfect is therefore appropriate in BrE.
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