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    was had/has?

    Hello teachers, I have a question here.

    I came across this phrase in a news report and I hope you can help me with it.

    "It was the worst disaster that the city <has suffered> for over 50 decades"

    My question is why "has" is used instead of had?
    I thought when one uses 'past tense' in this case is "was" he'll have to use past participle?

    Perhaps you can explain to me?

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    Re: was had/has?

    It's actually present tense but referring to the past.

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