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    Flood, earthquake, epedemic

    What is difference between "There's been an eartquake" and "There was an earthquake"?

    Can we also say "There's been or there was epedemic/flood/tornado"?

    Can we say "Its a earthquake/flood/tornado/epedemic prone area"?

    Can we say "An earthquake came", "Flood came" or "Tornado came" or "Epedemic is going to happen"?

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    Re: Flood, earthquake, epedemic

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    What is difference between "There's been an eartquake" and "There was an earthquake"?
    In the first one, the earthquake started in the past and is still happening now.
    In the second one, the earthquake happened in the past but not now.

    I am not a teacher. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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    Re: Flood, earthquake, epedemic

    What is difference between "There's been an earthquake" and "There was an earthquake"? As per Matthew's comment

    Can we also say "There's been or there was epidemic/flood/tornado"? Yes, but why use contractions?

    Can we say "It's an earthquake/flood/tornado/epidemic prone area"? Yes, but why use contractions?

    Can we say "An earthquake came", "Flood came" or "Tornado came" or "Epidemic is going to happen"?
    In English, you usually say there is/was an earthquake or 'an earthquake happened/struck/is imminent
    I know you say 'earthquake/flood' came' in Chinese.

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    Re: Flood, earthquake, epedemic

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I know you say 'earthquake/flood' came' in Chinese.
    The OP is not Chinese.

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    Re: Flood, earthquake, epedemic

    Do we say "Flood happened" and "Tornado happened"?

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    Re: Flood, earthquake, epedemic

    No

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    Re: Flood, earthquake, epedemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    In the first one, the earthquake started in the past and is still happening now.
    I am not a teacher.

    It doesn't mean that to me. 'There's been an earthquake' means that it was a recent event, but it's over now.

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    Re: Flood, earthquake, epedemic

    If so, why not say 'There was recently an earthquake'?

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    Re: Flood, earthquake, epedemic

    I am not a teacher.

    Do you think it 'started in the past and is still happening now' simply because of some rule about the present perfect?

    If I am watching the news and hear 'there's been an earthquake', it's already over. Quite apart from any grammar issue, earthquakes don't last very long. The aftershocks, on the other hand, can last for weeks.

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    Re: Flood, earthquake, epedemic

    I agree with Roman. There is nothing about the present perfect that indicates the earthquake is ongoing.

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