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    #1

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    Bob Collins recently become a minister in the new government....

    What tense is this?

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    #2

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    It's the wrong tense! It's either a typo or the person who wrote it used incorrect English.

    What tense do you think should be used after the word "recently"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's the wrong tense! It's either a typo or the person who wrote it used incorrect English.

    What tense do you think should be used after the word "recently"?
    The present perfect!!! This sentence is copied from Cambridge Advanced Grammar in Use, printed in 2003, page 115.
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    BOB COLLINS – A PROFILE

    Bob Collins recently become _____ minister in the new government, being appointed as _____ Minister for Industry. Mr Collins has had _____ varied career. He was _____ professional footballer in ______ 1960s, some people considering him to be _____ most skillful player of _____ his generation. After _____ serious injury, he became _____ manager of _____ oldest pub in ______ Hague. Five years later, he was offered _____ position of _____ executive director of Arcon, one of _____ biggest supermarkets chains in ______ country. He become ______ Member of _____Parliament in ______1990.

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    #4

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    You didn't copy it properly in post #1. You said "Bob Collins recently become ...", not "Bob Collins has recently become ...". The latter is indeed the present perfect.
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    #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You didn't copy it properly in post #1. You said "Bob Collins recently become ...", not "Bob Collins has recently become ...". The latter is indeed the present perfect.
    No, I corrected it by accident since I would use the present perfect in the sentence. I edited the post. It is REALLY written Bob Collins recently become a member... I want to know if it is a mistake

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    #6

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    In that case, as I suggested in post #2, it's an error (or a typo).
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    #7

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    Thanks!!!

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    You don't need to make a new post to say 'Thanks'. Just click the 'Thank' button.

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    #9

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    The simple past tense "became" would also work for me.

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    #10

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    It could be became/has become, but it couldn't be become.

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