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    Is the term(what happened was) acceptable.

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    What happened last night was shocking.

    Not a teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leonardball View Post
    Is the term(what happened was) acceptable.
    Yes, but only in the right context. Do you have one?

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    Welcome to the forum, Leonard.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leonardball View Post
    Is the term "what happened was" acceptable?
    Please note my corrections to your punctuation.

    Matthew, your reply does not answer the question.

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    Matthew, your reply does not answer the question.
    I am far from eligible to answer the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes, but only in the right context. Do you have one?
    "People just stood by and saw the scandalous crime, what happened last night was shocking."
    Is the context right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    "People just stood by and saw the scandalous crime, what happened last night was shocking."
    Is the context right?
    Yes, but I would use "watched" instead of "saw", and you need at least a semicolon after "crime".

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    "What happened last night is grossly illegal according to the existing law."
    Is it correct to use "is" instead of "was"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    "What happened last night is grossly illegal according to the existing law."
    Is it correct to use "is" instead of "was"?
    Yes. The quality of being "illegal" is true in the present.

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    Re: Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I am far from eligible to answer the question.
    In that case, please leave the answering to those of us who are.

    The OP's question is about the term 'what happened was' and he has been asked for the context in which he wants to use it.

    Until he has shown enough interest to let us know, we need not speculate further.

    Incidentally, Leonard, a better title would have been 'what happened was'.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Dec-2013 at 14:07.

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