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    have been accepted vs. was accepted

    Hello! I have a question.

    When a native speaker uses this sentence " I have been accepted by university" insted of " I was accepted by university", are there any clear reasons why he or she chose the first sentece not using the second one?

    I have been studying on tenses but I can't tell the differences between the two.

    Thank you in advance!!!

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    Re: have been accepted vs. was accepted

    I am not a teacher.

    I would use "have been" if the acceptance was recent and I haven't gone there yet.

    "I have been accepted by xxx University and I will be going there next September."

    I would use "was" if this happened further in the past.

    "I was accepted by xxx University and went there after my gap year."
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Apr-2014 at 18:09. Reason: Fixing typo

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    Re: have been accepted vs. was accepted

    Thank you so much! Your reply was really helpful!!

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