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    perfect tense

    I want to say the requirements are the same every year, but starting this year they are different. Which is used, past perfect or present perfect?

    The requirements for the job had been the same every year, but this year they were changed.

    The requirements for the job have been the same every year, but this year they were changed.


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    Re: perfect tense

    The requirements for the job had been the same every year, but this year they have changed.

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    Exclamation Re: perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I want to say the requirements are the same every year, but starting this year they are different. Which is used, past perfect or present perfect?

    The requirements for the job had been the same every year, but this year they were changed.

    The requirements for the job have been the same every year, but this year they were changed.


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    You can say: The requirements for the job were the same every year, but this year they have been changed.



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    Re: perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I want to say the requirements are the same every year, but starting this year they are different. Which is used, past perfect or present perfect?

    The requirements for the job had been the same every year, but this year they were changed.

    The requirements for the job have been the same every year, but this year they were changed.


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    I would rewrite them as follows.

    The requirements for the job had been the same every year until March of this year, when they were changed.


    The requirements for the job have been the same every year, but this year they are different.

    Post a follow-up question if you have one.

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    Re: perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    I would rewrite them as follows.

    The requirements for the job had been the same every year until March of this year, when they were changed.


    The requirements for the job have been the same every year, but this year they are different.

    Post a follow-up question if you have one.
    My choice:


    • The job requirements have been the same every year, except for this year. This year, they have changed.

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