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    #1

    no such accident took place / has taken place

    Hello users!

    I wonder whether Simple Past Tense or Present Perfect Tense should be used in the sentence under discussion.

    Given the fact that lack of an accident has continued until now / for the last ten years, Present Perfect Tense should be used.

    During the last 10 years, no such accident has taken place on the premises of this company.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: no such accident took place / has taken place

    "During the last 10 years, no such accident has taken place on the premises of this company." This is correct.

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    #3

    Re: no such accident took place / has taken place

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello users!



    During the last 10 years, no such accident has taken place on the premises of this company.
    The simple past tense is also correct.

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    #4

    Re: no such accident took place / has taken place

    I would use the present perfect because of the phrase "during the last 10 years".

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    Re: no such accident took place / has taken place

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would use the present perfect because of the phrase "during the last 10 years".
    You can use that if that is your preference, but you will have a very hard time trying to convince me that the simple past is wrong.

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    #6

    Re: no such accident took place / has taken place

    I have no interest in trying. Use whatever usage you like.

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    Re: no such accident took place / has taken place

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I have no interest in trying. Use whatever usage you like.
    That doesn't tell anyone if you agree, don't agree, or couldn't care less! It's not a useful comment.

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    Re: no such accident took place / has taken place

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    That doesn't tell anyone if you agree, don't agree, or couldn't care less! It's not a useful comment.
    To make my position clear; I couldn't care less what form you use. In my opinion the present perfect is appropriate in the given context.

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    Re: no such accident took place / has taken place

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    To make my position clear; I couldn't care less what form you use. In my opinion the present perfect is appropriate in the given context.
    But why are you afraid to give your opinion about using simple past in that sentence. That was part of the original question, although (s)he favored the present perfect tense.

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    #10

    Re: no such accident took place / has taken place

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    That doesn't tell anyone if you agree, don't agree, or couldn't care less! It's not a useful comment.
    When someone posts "you will have a very hard time trying to convince me that the simple past is wrong", it is the equivalent of "Don't confuse me with the facts, my mind is made up." What useful comment can one post after that? As Mark Twain said, "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."

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