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  1. Unregistered
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    got/has been

    Howdy,
    I'd like to ask if you could point me out the difference between the following sentences:
    - my flight got delayed
    and
    - my flight has been delayed

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: got/has been

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Howdy,
    I'd like to ask if you could point me out the difference between the following sentences:
    - my flight got delayed
    and
    - my flight has been delayed

    Thanks in advance.
    Consider these two situations:
    1. You arrive at the arrivals gate at the airport, your friend is there to meet you, you say: "I'm sorry I'm so late, my flight got/was delayed".
    2. You phone your friend from the departure lounge, you say: "My flight has been delayed so I'm going to be late".
    Do you understand the difference now?

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    #3

    Re: got/has been

    Wish I'd thought of that!

    b

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    Re: got/has been

    First of all I'd like to thank you for the answer. But to be honest...
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab
    Do you understand the difference now?
    Unofrtunately I don't.
    I was always told that we use the present perfect tense to talk about things which affect "present", but took place in the past. As in your example (the first one) - my flight was delayed (in the past) and right now I'm late (in the moment of speaking with friend - present) - so why wouldn't I use the present perfect tense there?

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    #5

    Re: got/has been

    Quote Originally Posted by gbmx View Post
    First of all I'd like to thank you for the answer. But to be honest...

    Unofrtunately I don't.
    I was always told that we use the present perfect tense to talk about things which affect "present", but took place in the past. As in your example (the first one) - my flight was delayed (in the past) and right now I'm late (in the moment of speaking with friend - present) - so why wouldn't I use the present perfect tense there?
    1. You arrive at the arrivals gate at the airport, your friend is there to meet you, you say: "I'm sorry I'm so late, my flight got/was delayed".
    2. You phone your friend from the departure lounge, you say: "My flight has been delayed so I'm going to be late".
    In #1, The fact of your flight being delayed is in the past, it's finished, it is not delayed now.
    In #2 your flight is still delayed, you haven't yet been able to board the plane.

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    Re: got/has been

    Clear enough, thank you very much :)

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