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    had been or have been

    Should I use have been or had been in this sentence? Thanks.

    Until the appearance of the new director general in June 2006, the members of the board had been/ have been conflicting with each other, engaging in endless inner quarrels which lasted for years…

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    Re: had been or have been

    Quote Originally Posted by motico View Post
    Should I use have been or had been in this sentence? Thanks.

    Until the appearance of the new director general in June 2006, the members of the board had been/ have been conflicting with each other, engaging in endless inner quarrels which lasted for years…
    You need the past perfect. (had been). I would also say "had been in conflict with each other".

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    Re: had been or have been

    Until the appearance of the new director general
    Could this be changed- something like appointment would work better IMO- appearance suggests they just turned up rather than got the job through a struggle, so maybe something like new director general finally secured the position could work.

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